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Database system for Palaeontologists and Biologists
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Frequently Asked Questions

This F.A.Q. should help you to solve problems and answer question which usually occur when working with PaleoTax. The F.A.Q. in English was installed with version 2.1, therefore you may not find many entries which deal with version 2.0. The list is kept up to date and questions send to the author will be answered here.
Do not hesitate to send your comments and questions to the author; they are welcome since they help to remove errors and improve the program.

See this F.A.Q. sorted according to the date.


F.A.Q.
(40 entries)


General questions

I dislike to have my data in the program folder. I would like to have all my stuff in my personal folder below Documents and Settings. Any problem ?


I have the feeling that it is very difficult to work with PaleoTax.
    Yes. This is true. Palaeontology is difficult. Live is difficult. And it is more difficult if you have not much experience with taxonomic work. Read the English manual, it explains a lot.

It is easy to provide a multiple access to the DB over a LAN. Is it somehow possible to ensure "view only" rights for some users?
    HDB2Win does not support record locking, so various users cannot work at the same time with one and the same database. It is possible to grant only view rights. See the manual 2.1, page 136 (command OPEN). The appropriate mode must be set in the concerned PTX file.
    A normal OPEN command in the PTX file looks like
    open	occurr,7
    Bit 1, 2, and 3 are set. To make the table occurr (and all subsequent table which occurr may open) read only, bit 6 need to be set:
    open	occurr,39

Do you offer any courses ?
    Per default, no courses are offered. Perhaps on invitation, if there is time. Workshops were offered in 2009 and also used. Next option for workshops is in summer 2011, possible countries are Austria and Germany.

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Installation/Migration/Data import

It is explained in the manual how to import literature. But how can I import data obtained from a printed Fossilium Catalogus, scanned and treated with an OCR program ?


I get an error message when importing literature data with IMP_REF1 (from SR7 on).
    It is very important that the source file has no line breaks. Some text processors (I do not tell which ones ...) do not produce clean text files. Long lines (as the title) are often subdivided in various lines. The program cannot understand this and will report and/or cause errors.

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Screen / Display

The "font 0" becomes default for all other font numbers regardless of specific settings reflected in HDB2WIN.INI. Likewise, a change of the font number in a table's font field does not lead to any changes.


I have changed my monitor. The new one has a higher resolution and therefore the font in the masks is very small. Have I to modify the font files ?
    No. Choose PaleoTax/Options and increase the value 'Adapt character size' in small steps.

When I try to show a colour image file with CMYK colour table, the image looks strange or Hdb2Win dispays an error message.
    This is related to the used compiler version which cannot handle CMYK files. Try RGB files.

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Data recording

Adding new records to the CITATION table very often older records are overwritten with the content of a new record. I cannot explain that.


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Data output

The folder "pictures" is not created under the "html" folder. I just created it manually within the "html" folder, and copied the picture files in this newly created folder. Is that OK?


In the Internet cataloge created by PaleoTax, the name of the author below is "nn" instead of my name. The program is properly registered and the hdb2win.dat file has the correct name info.
    Titles, subtitles, creator etc. of the Internet catalogue are kept in the file HTML_DEF.PRF. So, start Hdb2Win, choose Interpreter, search the file HTML_DEF.PRF, change the texts and save the file. You may check the file concistency clicking on Compile.

Creating the Internet catalogue I get an error message (version IC204&LIB25).
    There is a conceptual problem with index files which can only be solved with a new program release. Meanwhile download version IC204&LIB25C and copy it in your data directory.

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Data structure and philosophy

Will the concept of "nomen protectum" as introduced in IRZN Article 23.9 (Reversal of precedence) find any expression in the structure of the data base ?


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Service Releases

With SR7 a new folder \#PALTAX was installed. What is about the folder \STRUKTUR ?


What is about all this SR1, SR2 etc. folders ?
    They can be deleted if the concerned Services Releases are successful installed. Do not delete the folder of the last installed SR.

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It does not work ...

I have got the feeling that I made some mistakes changing the configuration of PaleoTax. How may I return to the original state ?


What indicate "der index der liste uberschreitet das maximum" ?
    That's an inoffensive error message which can be ignored. To help to avoid it futurely, please report to the author the exact position ("I try to edit a publication"; "browsing specimens"; "editing field list").

I cannot use "Analysis" since I get the error message "No classes are recorded".
    When the analysis is started the first time, PaleoTax tries to register the library cfx32.ocx. This may fail if you have no Administrator rights or for any compatibility problems. Try to register the library manually (see PaleoTax Manual 2.1, page 41): In Windows : Start, then
    regsvr32 cfx32.ocx
    (take care for messages). The file cfx32.ocx must be present in \windows\system32 ! Normally it will be installed by the installation routine of PaleoTax. If it doesn't work in no way, you can carry out estimations, but without seeing the graphs of the results (the results are anyway stored in *.DAT files and can be visualized in any spread sheet program). In that case, close Hdb2win, and edit the file hdb2win.dat. Change the value InitAnalysis from 0 to 1. Location of Hdb2Win.dat is \Documents and Settings\[name of the user]\Application data\Hdb2Win\ (Windows XP) or C:\Users\[name of the user]\AppData\Roaming\Hdb2Win\ (Windows 7).

When terminating the program I get a message that Hdb2Win.ini cannot be written. I cannot terminate Hdb2Win.
    Ask your administrator to grant you access rights to this file. The administrator must log in, and need to add in properties/security the access rights for you for
    hdb2win.ini
    . This error may also occur under Windows Vista; from release 2.2.2 on this problem should not occur any more.

The following message appeares in CITATION: Unbekanntes Datenfeld [CITLASTSOURCE @ line 253 in CITATION.FRM].
    CITLASTSOURCE is a symbol which is created when a database is opened via PaleoTax. If you try to work with the command line version, the symbol is not created and you get this message. It is not serious.

When I try to edit a genus I get the message "Connect-Datei muss geoeffnet sein [...\GENSYN.DBF @ line 296 in GENERA.FRM]".
    Any table ('pictures of reords', 'reference of records') is not opened and when the program tries to create the appropriate buttons, it failes since the tables are not opened. In this case the program failed to create the "Junior synonym of..." button.
    Open the database with PaleoTax !

When I work with Citations and append a new record to the table of Species through the button "New Species", illustrations and literature are not properly assigned to this, but to the previous record.
    I have hoped to remove this error from SR9 on, but there was a mix of versions and finally an older version was updated without the changes made in November 2006.
    Please download CITAT32.LBA and copy it in your data folder (overwrite the old version). Removed automatically from SR10 on.

When starting the Internet Catalogue program, I receive the error:
PTXIC203.PRF
File/line = MLIB21.PRF @1065
Compiler = Maxline reached
Error = 7

    The number of maximum program lines are limited. Since the programs are larger in new versions, this value has to be modified

    • Start HDB2WIN
    • Choose Paleotax
    • Options
    • Tools
    • Extended options
    • (Switch to Interpreter)
    • Change the data field "[56] Maximum number of lines " to 4000
    • [Save button]

Starting the Consistency Check causes an error, apparently during the conversion process.
    This is a program error in CONSIST.PRF in SR9. Please update to SR11.

When I try to edit a specimen which is a type, I get numerous error messages e.g. related to an "unknown datafield T_MABBRV".
    Please download the corrected version of SPECMENS.ENT and copy it into your data folder. The error will be removed automatically with SR11.

Editing certain records I get an error message "Angefordeter Datensatz uebersteigt Dateilaenge oder ist <= 0".
    The database was not correctly closed which resulted in data inconsistency. Open your database, choose Reorganization, deactivate all options except "Repair after system crash or power down". In a second step activate only the first four options and start again.

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Heavy error (cannot open database)

When restoring a backup copy from a CD I get the error "3/7070101". Any idea ?


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Updated : 12-06-2014.