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  • Does Neuton Data Systems provide support for networking PAL?

    While we do support use of PAL on a stand alone computer - we can't support all of the possible networking issues involved with the use of PAL.

    PAL is a DOS program built with DataPerfect DBMS (a product of the former WordPerfect Corporation) . As for a good networking system (software) to integrate older PC operating systems (DOS) to include late model Windows, Lantastic still may be a good solution.

    Try this web link to get more information:

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  • I see a lot of .TMP files with 0k in my PAL directory. What are these?

    The .TMP Files

    Every time you load an application, PAL creates three temporary files with the extension .TMP. They look something like the following:


    Each network user loading that application gets a different trio of temporary files, all stored in the directory where PAL was loaded, or where directed by the /d=[directory] startup option.

    These temporary files hold data during program operation.

    Upon exiting, PAL always deletes the temporary files unless the system crashes. However, if PAL aborts due to some error, it still deletes the temporary files.

    You can, and should, delete these files if you see them.

    Temporary files can accumulate on networks when the temporary files are assigned to a shared drive. This is a poor practice. Instead of allowing that to happen, if you’re running an application on a network, use the /d start-up option to direct the temporary files to a local drive. This also improves performance.

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  • How can I search a PAL panel using non-updatable fields?

    Many fields in a PAL panel are non-updatable - meaning that your cursor cannot land on such a field by tabbing around the panel. Such a field is automatically calculated and is intended only for viewing (eg. in the Catalog Panel the date field showing when the record was created or the Circ Hist field showing the number of times the item has been checked out from the library)

    But if you wanted to browse through the circulation history of library items you could do this by pressing the ALT-F2 keystroke combination which would take you to all fields - including non-updatable fields. When landing on the Circ History field you can press the Up-Arrow to search the records of that panel sorted by that field.

    Note that not all fields in PAL are sorted so this tip does not work for every single field.

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