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ACC97: How to Read .LDB Files

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In Microsoft Access 97, the .ldb file is used to determine which recordsare locked in a shared database and by whom. It is created automaticallywhen any user opens a database and deleted when the last user closes thedatabase. While the .ldb file cannot be opened directly for reading,Microsoft provides a dynamic link library that exposes functions that youcan use to read the .ldb file. This article contains sample code for usingthe DLL to read an .ldb file.

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The dynamic link library Msldbusr.dll contains functions that enable you todo the following:
  • View all computers that have logged into a database since the .ldb file was created.
  • View only computers that are currently logged into a database.
  • View computers that are causing a database file to be corrupted.
  • View the count of computers logged into a database.
Msldbusr.dll is part of the Jetutils.exe file. For more information aboutJetutils.exe or Msldbusr.dll and its usage, please see the followingarticle in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
176670ACC: Microsoft Jet Utilities Available in Download Center
The following sample Visual Basic for Applications code calls theLDBUser_GetUsers function of Msldbusr.dll to print a list of computerscurrently connected to a database in the Debug window.

After installing Msldbusr.dll to the C:\Windows\System (Microsoft Windows95) or C:\Winnt\System32 (Microsoft Windows NT) folder, follow these stepsto create and use the sample function:
  1. Create a new module in Microsoft Access 97
  2. Type or paste the following function declaration statement into the Declarations section of the module:
          Declare Function LDBUser_GetUsers Lib "MSLDBUSR.DLL" _      (lpszUserBuffer() As String, ByVal lpszFilename As String, _      ByVal nOptions As Long) As Integer					
  3. Type or paste the following sample function into the module:
          Public Function GetUsers(Optional StrDbPath As String)         ReDim lpszUserBuffer(1) As String         Dim intLooper As Integer         Dim Cusers As Long         Dim strMsgBox As String         On Error GoTo Err_GetUsers         ' Check to see if a database path was passed         ' to the function. If the argument was not used,         ' assume that we're to investigate the .ldb         ' of the current database.         If IsMissing(StrDbPath) Or StrDbPath = "" Then              StrDbPath = CurrentDb.Name         End If         ' Set Cusers to the number of computers currently connected         ' to the database. Insert computer information into the         ' lpszUserBuffer array.         ' Arguments of LdbUser_Get Users:         ' 1 =   All users who have logged in since the LDB file was         ' created         ' 2 =   Only users who are currently logged in         ' 4 =   Only users who are causing the database file to be         ' corrupted         ' 8 =   Just return the count of users         Cusers = LDBUser_GetUsers(lpszUserBuffer(), StrDbPath, 2)         ' Print possible errors returned by the function.         Select Case Cusers              Case -1                   strMsgBox = "Can't open the LDB file"              Case -2                   strMsgBox = "No user connected"              Case -3                   strMsgBox = "Can't Create an Array"              Case -4                   strMsgBox = "Can't redimension array"              Case -5                   strMsgBox = "Invalid argument passed"              Case -6                   strMsgBox = "Memory allocation error"              Case -7                   strMsgBox = "Bad index"              Case -8                   strMsgBox = "Out of memory"              Case -9                   strMsgBox = "Invalid Argument"              Case -10                   strMsgBox = "LDB is suspected as corrupted"              Case -11                   strMsgBox = "Invalid argument"              Case -12                   strMsgBox = "Unable to read MDB file"              Case -13                   strMsgBox = "Can't open the MDB file"              Case -14                   strMsgBox = "Can't find the LDB file"         End Select         If Not IsEmpty(strMsgBox) And strMsgBox <> "" Then              MsgBox strMsgBox, vbCritical, "Error"              Exit Function         End If         ' Print computer names to Debug window.         For intLooper = 0 To Cusers - 1              Debug.Print "User"; intLooper + 1; ":"; _              lpszUserBuffer(intLooper)         Next    Exit_GetUsers:         Exit Function    Err_GetUsers:         MsgBox Err.Description         Resume Exit_GetUsers    End Function					
  4. To test this function, type the following line in the Debug window, and then press ENTER:
For more information about Msldbusr.dll, review the Msldbusr.doc file foundin Jetutils.exe.
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Article ID: 186304 - Last Review: 01/23/2007 15:52:51 - Revision: 4.3

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