FIX: Error message in the Analyze.log file when you run the Analyze.exe utility in Visual SourceSafe 2005: "The file 0\DATA\\ is not a valid SourceSafe physical database file"

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When you run the Analyze.exe utility in Microsoft Visual SourceSafe 2005 to detect any database errors, the following error message may be logged in the Analyze.log file:
The file 0\DATA\\ is not a valid SourceSafe physical database file. It must be renamed to a file with an extension or moved to another directory outside the database.
You experience this problem when you run a command that resembles the following at the command prompt:
analyze -f -v4 DriveLetter:\VSStest\test0\data
Note "0\DATA\\" is the only part of the file path that appears in the error message.


Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, submit a request to Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
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There are no prerequisites for this hotfix.

Restart requirement

You do not have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.

File information

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform


To work around this problem, rename the physical file for the database root. Use all uppercase letters in the new name.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.


For more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates


Article ID: 923842 - Last Review: October 9, 2011 - Revision: 2.0
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