Microsoft KB Archive/174876

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Article ID: 174876

Article Last Modified on 2/25/2004


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

This article was previously published under Q174876


If you have a UNIX and a Windows version of SourceSafe accessing the same database, launching the SourceSafe Admin program on UNIX invokes the following error:

Invalid DOS path <path>\SSADMIN.INI


The UNIX operating system is case sensitive to filenames and the UNIX version of SourceSafe requires that ssadmin.ini be lower-case. However, when exiting the Windows version of the SourceSafe Admin, it writes the filename in upper-case.


Install Visual Studio Service Pack 3 for Visual SourceSafe.


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 3.

For more information, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

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


SourceSafe for UNIX is manufactured by MAINSOFT, a vendor independent of Microsoft; we make no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding this product's performance or reliability.

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