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Microsoft KB Archive/171534

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FIX: Source Code Control Integration Holds .dat Files Open

Article ID: 171534

Article Last Modified on 2/16/2005


  • Microsoft Visual SourceSafe 5.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 97 Service Pack 3

This article was previously published under Q171534


The .DAT files in the Visual SourceSafe data directory are unexpectedly left open, causing such operations as backing up the database to fail.


When using the Source Code Control integration with other developer products, such as Visual Basic 5.0 and Visual C++ 5.0, the integration component holds the Rights.Dat, Status.Dat, etc. open any time a source- code controlled project is opened. This prevents these files from being backed up if a user inadvertently leaves a developer application(s) running.


Install the Visual Studio 97 Service Pack 2. The SourceSafe integration component will then close the files after a period of inactivity, allowing for the files to be backed up.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a bug in the Microsoft products listed at the beginning of this article.

This bug has been fixed in Visual Studio 97 Service Pack 2.

For more information on the Visual Studio 97 Service Pack 2, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

170365 INFO: Visual Studio 97 Service Packs - What, Where, and Why

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