Subject Re: [firebird-support] Writing to Aliases.conf in non-admin mode
Author Venus Software Operations
Yes, thanks Walter.

On 03/11/2015 08:55 am, 'Walter R. Ojeda Valiente' sistemas2000profesional@... [firebird-support] wrote:
Well, the more easy answer is not install Firebird under the folder "Program files", because Windows since its Vista version has protected that folder.

You can install Firebird in C:\FIREBIRD\ or something so and no problems writing to any of its files.



On Sat, Oct 24, 2015 at 1:47 AM, Venus Software Operations venussoftop@... [firebird-support] <> wrote:

On 23/10/2015 10:24 pm, Eduardo gusedum@... [firebird-support] wrote:

I did what (I think is what) you need many years ago. I donĀ“t remember exactly the details, but this is still working. What I did was the following:

When my application initiates, it checks if there exists a database named MYAPPLICATIONCONFIGURACION.FDB. If it doesn't exist, it creates it. When the application creates the database, it creates 3 UDFs executing SQLs begining with "DECLARE EXTERNAL FUNCTION ..."

The UDFs are the following (the names are in spanish):

It is called with a parameter "Alias". It opens the file aliases.conf, look for the alias and returns a string with the path of the database.

It is called with a parameter "Alias" and a parameter "Path". It opens the file aliases.conf, and adds a new line with Alias=Path.

It is called with a parameter "Directory". It creates a folder in the hard disk with the name indicated.


When a user wants to create a new database, the application opens the database MYAPPLICATIONCONFIGURACION and executes the following SQL:

SELECT MMudfPudeEstablecerAlias('Alias','Path') FROM RDB$DATABASE

This can be done using the application in the server or in any client PC of the newtork.



Thanks Eduardo.  I would never have thought of going this way, not good with FireBird procedural coding.  Like I wrote to Stefan above I found a different way to go about this.  I took a copy of the Aliases.conf to a temp folder and updated it as necessary.  Then I used ShellExecute Windows API with "runas" parameter to run a custom batch file that does the replace of the Alias.conf file with the updated one in the temp folder.  That brings up the UAC prompt but that is fine I don't mind announcing that to the user of a system change.

Kind regards


Thanking you.

Yours Faithfully,
For Venus Software Operations
Mr. Bhavbhuti Nathwani
Softwares for Indian Businesses at:


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