Error Message When Publishing: Web < web name > is busy

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When you try to publish a FrontPage Web to the Web server, the following error message may appear:
Server error: Web < web name > is busy. Please try again.


This problem occurs due to an interrupted connection to the server during the publishing process.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Microsoft FrontPage 97 for Windows and Microsoft FrontPage 98 for Windows when connecting to a computer running Internet Information Server 2.0 or 3.0. This issue was resolved in Internet Information Server 4.0.


When the connection to the server is lost during the publishing process, the Service.lck file remains in the _VTI_PVT directory of the Web.

The Service.lck and frontpg.lck files deny the FrontPage client access to a Web on the destination server during publishing.


To publish after a lost connection, you must do the following:

  1. On the server, stop and restart the HTTP service.
  2. Delete the file \<Web Root>\<Web Name>\_vti_pvt\service.lck.
  3. Delete the file \<Web Root>\<Web Name>\_vti_pvt\frontpg.lck.
  4. Publish the Web.


Article ID: 185542 - Last Review: October 8, 2013 - Revision: 3.0
  • Microsoft FrontPage 97 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft FrontPage 98 Standard Edition
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