If the other application opens the database exclusively, then you will not
be able to open it, even for read only.  The only solution to modify the
sharing option used by the other application.  Another problem you may
encounter is that the ODBC driver for Access is not thread safe.

-- bob

On Thu, 17 Jul 2003, J. Michael Roberts wrote:

> I'll be the first to admit this is a rather backwards system and prone to be
> illogical, but it's what was handed to me and I can't do much about that.
> I've got an ancient Access 95 database that I've linked to via another A95
> database which is queried via ODBC. It was done this way because I'm not
> allowed to touch the first database due to the insane way they replace the
> data each week. (i.e.: any of my tables would be gone, so I need to keep
> 'my' data safe and link to 'their' data)
> While under development, I was working with a copy of the database and got
> everything to work fine. In order to "go live" with the current data, I had
> to go into 'my' database and update the linked tables.  When this was done,
> my interface failed miserably and returned the following message:
> Warning: SQL error: [Microsoft][ODBC Microsoft Access Driver] The Microsoft
> Jet database engine cannot open the file 'T:\TS\Te_rdata.mdb'. It is already
> opened exclusively by another user, or you need permission to view its
> data., SQL state S1000 in SQLExecDirect in
> C:\Apache2\htdocs\projecthours\deptjobs.php on line 44
> Now it gets worse: I need to be able to access the data even if someone has
> it open. Read-only access isn't a problem...because that's all this
> particular interface does...but I just keep getting denied. Any ideas?
> Suffering under a backwards system,
> --JMR
> PS - Access is a hunk of crap...especially Access 95.

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