Subject Re: [firebird-support] Operating system directive create file failed
Author Helen Borrie
At 11:37 AM 21/01/2005 +1300, you wrote:

>Hi All
>One of our clients is getting the following ISC error when attempting to
>log in to Firebird...
>'Operating system directive create file failed . The requested operation
>can not be performed on a file with a user mapped section open.'
>The database is on a Windows 2000 server (I think) with lots of bells
>and whistles. A search of the web suggests it could be a virus scanner
>issue or a disk corruption problem. I will check on these but does
>anybody else have any suggestions.

Well, the first thing that comes to mind is that the database they are
trying to connect to (or security.fdb) is on a section of the disk that
allows sharing, and that some user is using the share.

Now, this could be a virus scanner or a backup utility that is accessing
the db directories through mappings (must be prevented!!); or worse,
careless configuration that allows Joe Blow to access these file structures
through shares or mappings. (I've done troubleshooting on sites like this!!)

At worst, it could be that some ignorance-is-bliss sysadmin has seen fit to
shift the Fb database onto a completely separate machine and has edited the
alias file to point to a mapped server. Big no-no.