Bill,
        looks like you are wanting a system identical to that which I manage. I don't 
have any problems like you describe so the problem must be in the details (or network).
        I manage the library. I keep my master copy in my personal network drive area. 
When I revise the library I revise my master copy. Then I copy this master to a freely 
accessible network drive area where all people using Protel obtain their libraries. 
When copied to that area I set the library file(s) to Read-Only via the O/S 
attributes. I believe that MIS has also set me up as the only person having write 
privileges to that particular networked directory but don't hold me to that.
        If you have tried the same process and it doesn't work for you. I wouldn't 
have a clue what would be messing it up for you. If you are trying to use the Protel 
read/write privileges over DDBs, then I have heard 'rumours' (never tested it myself) 
that their DDB read/write control just doesn't work reliably or properly, typical.

Sincerely,
Brad Velander.

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Brooks,Bill [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]
> Sent: Wednesday, September 03, 2003 9:11 AM
> To: 'Protel EDA Forum'; 'DXP Technical Forum'
> Subject: [PEDA] Library management in a multi-user 
> environment - is this
> broken?
> 
> 
> I need to hear other's experiences with library management in 
> Protel 99SE
> SP6. (I assume that DXP is similar)  We have many users in 
> our company and
> access to the library seems to only work for users that have 
> 'write' access
> to the library file and folder. If they are restricted to 
> 'read only' access
> the program doesn't recognize the file. The work around, at 
> the moment, is
> to copy the library out of the 'read only' directory on our 
> server and place
> the copy locally where the user has 'write' access. The 
> software seems to
> like that scenario fine. But then we have multiple copies of 
> the library in
> different stages of completion floating around the company on 
> different
> computers. The temptation to use 'non-standard' symbols or 
> footprints is
> potentially hazardous... We want to control the accuracy of 
> the library and
> want to have one responsible designer manage the library for 
> consistency
> sake and to reduce errors.
> 
> Does anyone have a library system or configuration that works and that
> allows other users access to a single library that gets 
> updated only by the
> component librarian with write privileges while the others 
> who use it have
> read privileges? If so, how did you make it work and how did 
> you get around
> these access right issues?
> 
> 
> Bill Brooks


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