Microsoft KB Archive/917491

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FIX: The Analyze.exe utility may incorrectly remove files and projects in Visual SourceSafe 2005 when you run the utility by using the – d switch

Article ID: 917491

Article Last Modified on 7/26/2006


  • Microsoft Visual SourceSafe 2005 Standard Edition


Consider the following scenario. You restore a project from an archive in a Microsoft Visual SourceSafe 2005 database that was previously destroyed. You run the Analyze.exe utility by using the - d switch. In this scenario, the utility may incorrectly remove files and projects.


This problem may occur if the following conditions are true:

  • You archive the project contents to an archive file.
  • You destroy the project contents.
  • You restore the project contents from the archive file.
  • You run the following command against the project database:

    Analyze.exe -d

    Note The project is destroyed by the REBUILD user.


A supported hotfix is now available from Microsoft, but it is only intended to correct the problem that is described in this article. Only apply it to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix may receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 service pack that contains this hotfix.

To resolve this problem immediately, contact Microsoft Product Support Services to obtain the hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Product Support Services telephone numbers and information about support costs, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

Note In special cases, charges that are ordinarily incurred for support calls may be canceled if a Microsoft Support Professional determines that a specific update will resolve your problem. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for the specific update in question. The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.

File name File version File size Date Time Platform
Analyze.exe 8.0.50727.101 240,128 14-Apr-2006 14:24 x86


To work around this problem, follow these steps:

  1. Run the following command to identify the files that do not have parent branches or child branches:

    Analyze.exe –v4
  2. Remove the identified files by using the application interface or by using a script.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.


For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

Additional query words: analyze rebuild destroy

Keywords: kbhotfixserver kbqfe kbpubtypekc KB917491