File lock to warn of opening MD on more than one computer

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22 Feb, 2018 01:03 PM

I have my MD db synched on Dropbox. I'm very careful to have it open on only one machine at a time, as I assume that portion of the db synching is not network aware. However..... Every once in awhile I still manage to open MD while another machine's copy hasn't been shut down. Couldn't you create a lock file for synched db that warns that another copy is open and perhaps provides read only access. Of course you'd need to have a procedure to delete the lock file in case things get out of sync, as with an improperly closed program.

  1. 1 Posted by derekkent23 on 22 Feb, 2018 04:33 PM

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    I am not support staff, just a user.

    You don't state which version/build of Moneydance you are running. See under HELP - ABOUT MONEYDANCE. e.g. I am running 2017.7(1665).
    update both computer if required from
    Assuming you are running at least the latest released build 2017.6(1656) and set up syncing as described in this set of articles
    you can have both computers running Moneydance at the same time. Update one and in a short time the you will see the other update as if by magic.

    Hope this helps

  2. 2 Posted by wa1oui on 22 Feb, 2018 07:31 PM

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    @derekkent23 That's terrific. I'm running 2017.6 (the latest prod download), and already synching as recommended in your link. I added a transaction on one machine, and within a minute it had populated the screen of my second computer with MD open. Thank to you for the info, and IK for making a proper network aware program!

  3. wa1oui closed this discussion on 22 Feb, 2018 07:31 PM.

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