DBLSPACE.LOG May Point to Hidden Directory or File (103877)
The information in this article applies to:
• Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.2
• Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.22
This article was previously published under Q103877
This information applies to both Microsoft DoubleSpace and Microsoft
DriveSpace. For MS-DOS 6.22, use DRVSPACE in place of DBLSPACE for commands
When you have duplicate directories on your DoubleSpace-compressed drive
and your host drive, DoubleSpace displays an error message directing you to
check the DBLSPACE.LOG file on the host drive when you try to uncompress
the drive. If you cannot identify the duplicate filename, the file or
directory may be hidden.
Some programs create hidden directories or files on your drive. For
example, Microsoft Undelete Delete Sentry (UNDELETE /S) and Delete Tracker
(UNDELETE /T), create a hidden SENTRY directory or a hidden PCTRACKR.DEL
file to track deleted files. If you have hidden directories or files on
both your DoubleSpace-compressed drive and its host drive, you cannot
uncompress the DoubleSpace-compressed drive.
Use the TYPE command or MS-DOS Editor to view the DBLSPACE.LOG file that is
located on your host drive. Once you have determined the duplicate
filenames, use the DIR /A command to look for the files. You can use the
ATTRIB command to remove the Hidden or System attribute from the file, and
then you can rename or delete the file.
If DBLSPACE.LOG lists duplicate directories, you can use the MOVE command
to rename one of the duplicates. For example, type the following at the MS-
DOS command prompt and then press ENTER:
move h:\sentry h:\xsentry
If the Undelete SENTRY directory or PCTRACKR.DEL file is causing the
problem, you can remove that directory or file from the host drive using
the steps outlined below.
WARNING: If you delete the SENTRY directory or the PCTRACKR.DEL file, you
cannot recover files that are being protected by Delete Sentry or Delete
Tracker. Be sure you do not need to recover any files before you issue the
• Start your computer without loading Undelete. To do this, press F8
when the "Starting MS-DOS..." prompt is displayed. Respond Yes (press
Y) for each prompt EXCEPT the prompt to process the UNDELETE command.
• Delete the SENTRY directory or PCTRACKR.DEL file from your host
drive. For example, if your DoubleSpace-compressed drive is C and your
host drive is H, type deltree h:\sentry /y or deltree
h:\pctrackr.del /y at the MS-DOS
command prompt and then press ENTER.
NOTE: To determine which drive is your host drive, type dblspace
/list at the MS-DOS command prompt
and then press ENTER.
• Run DoubleSpace and choose Uncompress from the Tools menu.
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