Error: Unable to open the database file

Mike Bonner bonnmike at gmail.com
Tue Apr 5 23:20:16 EDT 2016


Ah. Do you need to update the file in place, or just be able to use it with
your app?  If the second, you might put url "
http://54.210.118.224/Downloads/yourfile.sqlite" into URL
(specialfolderpath("tmp") & "/yourfile.sqlite")

at which point you can use revopendatabase to open the local copy of the
file at (specialfolderpath("tmp") & "/yourfile.sqlite")

If you need to be able to update the file in place you'd probably be better
off using middleware on the web server and send your requests that way.

On Tue, Apr 5, 2016 at 8:51 PM, Ray <ray at linkit.com> wrote:

> Mike - if I set the folder to the area I've set up to work with this, "
> http://54.210.118.224/Downloads/", I get "can't open that directory"
> returned in the result.  I can read files at that location but I get an
> "error 405 method not allowed" if I try to write files to that location.
> Could that be the problem?
>
> Regarding mapping the server to a drive letter or mounting it to a folder
> on the local system, even if that worked I wouldn't be able to expect my
> end users to do that so it's kind of out unless I'm missing something.
>
> Thanks for your input and let me know if anything else comes to mind.
>
> On 4/5/2016 10:33 PM, Mike Bonner wrote:
>
>> can you map the server to a drive letter?  (or mount it to a folder on the
>> local system)  If so, that might help.
>>
>> Alternatively, can you "set the folder.." to a path on the server and see
>> "the files"?  If you can successfully set the default folder, then you can
>> just supply the filename and see if it behaves differently.
>>
>> On Tue, Apr 5, 2016 at 5:58 PM, Ray <ray at linkit.com> wrote:
>>
>> I did read some about the file locking issues so I'll continue to look
>>> into that.
>>>
>>> Regarding testing with sqLite3, I'm not sure what to do with it.  I
>>> downloaded the pre-compiled binary for Windows 64.  It gave me 2 files,
>>> sqlite3.def and sqlite3.dll but I'm not sure what to do with them.  Shell
>>> commands from within Livecode don't work.  Suggestions?
>>>
>>>
>>> On 4/5/2016 7:22 PM, Peter Haworth wrote:
>>>
>>> I suppose I should also mention the usual caveat about using sqlite over
>>>> a
>>>> networked file system, which is that sqlite relies on file system
>>>> locking
>>>> to preserve data integrity and some networked file systems are buggy in
>>>> that area according to the sqlite website.
>>>>
>>>> On Tue, Apr 5, 2016, 3:57 PM Ray <ray at linkit.com> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> Peter - thanks for jumping in here.  Yes, I can read and write files to
>>>>
>>>>> this location and, as a matter of fact, I can even do a straight read
>>>>> of
>>>>> the database file on the server and get the same cryptic characters
>>>>> back
>>>>> I get when I read the local copy.  I just can't establish a connection
>>>>> to it for the purpose of issuing revDatabase calls.
>>>>>
>>>>> You're right when you say the "unable to open the database file" is not
>>>>> very informative.  I get the same message when I try that on an empty
>>>>> path on the server.
>>>>>
>>>>> I'll try your sqLite3 suggestion and let you know how it works.
>>>>>
>>>>> Thanks!
>>>>>
>>>>> On 4/5/2016 6:34 PM, Peter Haworth wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>> You might want to try opening the database with something other than
>>>>>> Livecode in hope that you will get a more informative error message.
>>>>>>     sqlite3 is the official sqlite command line tool.  It's
>>>>>> distributed
>>>>>>
>>>>>> with
>>>>>
>>>>> OSX but not sure if it's included with Windows.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Are you able to access any other files in the same directory as the
>>>>>>
>>>>>> sqlite
>>>>>
>>>>> db?
>>>>>>
>>>>>> On Tue, Apr 5, 2016 at 1:31 PM Ray <ray at linkit.com> wrote:
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Devin - thanks for the idea but that's not it.  I just checked and
>>>>>>
>>>>>>> everything on my Windows 8.1 system matches case with the database
>>>>>>> file
>>>>>>> path on the Linux server.  I even tried changing the name of the
>>>>>>> database file to all lower case but that didn't work either.
>>>>>>> Thanks...
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> On 4/5/2016 3:38 PM, Devin Asay wrote:
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Ray,
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> You may have moved your DB file from a system that is not case
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> sensitive, like MacOS, to one this is case sensitive, like Linux. Do
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> all of
>>>>>> your folders and file names have the same exact spelling, including
>>>>>> upper
>>>>>> and lower case letters, as the string in your path variable?
>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Devin
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> On Apr 5, 2016, at 12:39 PM, Ray <ray at linkit.com> wrote:
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> ...one other note.  I'm guessing calls to sqLite need drivers.
>>>>>>>>> These
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> drivers are probably built in to Livecode and the OnRev server
>>>>>>>> which
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> would
>>>>>> explain why LC's database commands works so well locally and with the
>>>>>> OnRev
>>>>>> based samples.
>>>>>>
>>>>>>> If this is the problem, does anybody know how I could install these
>>>>>>>> drivers on my own server?
>>>>>>>> On 4/5/2016 1:18 PM, Ray wrote:
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> I've never worked with sqLite databases before but it appears I
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>> should
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> be able to access one on a server pretty much the same as I do
>>>>>> locally.
>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Here's what I've done:
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>       put revOpenDatabase("sqLite",localPath) into theDbId
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>       -- this creates a zero K local database file
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>       put "CREATE TABLE bugs(Name char(50), Date char(50))" into
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> myQuery
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>       revExecuteSQL theDbId,myQuery -- the local database file is
>>>>>> no 2
>>>>>>
>>>>>>> K
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>       revCloseDatabase theDbId -- close it or I won't be able to
>>>>>> copy
>>>>>>
>>>>>>> it
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> to the server
>>>>>>
>>>>>>> I then copy the local database file to a remote server and make sure
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> all 9 permissions are checked (777).
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> I now load the well-tested server path into the variable dbPath and
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> try this:
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>       put revOpenDatabase("sqLite",dbPath) into myResult
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> but all I get back is:
>>>>>>>>>>       Error: Unable to open the database file
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>> Suggestions?
>>>>>>>>>>
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