table.INDEX_OPEN Function

Syntax

as P = Index_Open(C index_name)

Arguments

P

An object pointer that references the first tag in the specified index file. You can get an object reference to any of the other tags in the index file using the <TBL>.INDEX_GET() method.

index_name

The name of an index file.

Description

Open an index file for the database.

Discussion

The .INDEX_OPEN() method opens an existing index file, called Index_Filename, attaching it to an open table referenced by its object pointer, . By default, a table's production index (an index file with the same name as the table file) is automatically opened and attached when the table is opened. In addition to the production index file, you can explicitly attach an index file using the .INDEX_OPEN() method. If more than one index file is opened for a particular table, all the index files are maintained as records are added or changed.

Example 

This script opens the Customer_temp.cdx index file and attaches it to the current table. The index file is updated to be sure any records that may have been added or changed while the index file was not open are included in the index.

dim tbl as P
tbl = table.current()
idx = tbl.index_open(a_db_current_path + "customer_temp.cdx")
'Index update requires exclusive access to the table.
'If you do not have exclusive access, an error is generated.
ON ERROR GOTO error_handler
idx.update()
end
error_handler:
    ui_msg_box("Error","Index was not updated. Cannot
    get exclusive access to table",UI_STOP_SYMBOL)
RESUME NEXT

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