Microsoft KB Archive/174916

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Article ID: 174916

Article Last Modified on 5/12/2003


  • Microsoft Visual FoxPro 3.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Visual FoxPro 3.0b Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Visual FoxPro 5.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Visual FoxPro 5.0a
  • Microsoft Visual FoxPro 6.0 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Visual FoxPro 3.0b for Macintosh

This article was previously published under Q174916


"Feature is not available" error occurs when issuing an APPEND PROCEDURES command in a FoxPro executable.


The COMPILE feature is not available in a distributed application. The APPEND PROCEDURES command performs an implicit COMPILE of the database when stored procedures are added.


This behavior is by design.


This error message occurs because Visual FoxPro attempts to recompile the database code when the APPEND PROCEDURES command is issued. Visual FoxPro cannot perform this action in the runtime environment.

Steps to Reproduce Behavior

  1. Create a database using the following command:

          CREATE DATA mytestdata
  2. Create a procedure file with the command MODIFY COMMAND myprocs and add the following lines of code:

          PROCEDURE myproc
  3. Create a project with the following MAIN program code:

          OPEN DATA mytestdata
          APPEND PROCEDURES FROM myprocs.prg
  4. Build an executable, quit Visual FoxPro, and run the executable.

The "Feature is not available" error will occur on the APPEND PROCEDURES command.


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

139386 Features not Available in a Distributed Application

Keywords: kberrmsg kbprb KB174916