How to find where your ivan data is stored

Note: The following assumes that ivan is installed on the C Drive. If you are unsure whether this is the case you can check with your system supervisor. In the case that the installation drive is not drive C replace all references in this document to c:\ivanw to reflect the drive ivan is installed on. E.G. Where ivan is installed on drive m: type m:\ivanw in place of c:\ivanw. This document assumes that you are familiar with the Windows explorer and know how to navigate to the location of the ivan icon you use to start ivan. If this is not the case it is recommended that you first investigate a Microsoft help file or document describing operation of the Windows Explorer.

Summary: An ivan database consists of a series of files and directories. The name of a database (say my_db) is passed to the ivan executable in it's command line after the '-d' flag (see The ivan Command Line Explained). By looking at the command line contained in the ivan icon we can determine which database is being used by the icon.

  1. Locate the ivan icon you use to start ivan. It will probably be either on you desktop OR in your start menu.
    E.G. To locate an ivan icon called MyIvanData that is stored in the 'Start Menu\Programs\MyIvanData' look in 'C:\Windows\Start Menu\Programs'. We will assume the icon is on the desktop like this :

  2. Right click on the icon and choose 'Properties' from the popup menu that appears.

  3. When the property Dialog box appears choose the 'Shortcut' tab . The property sheet displayed is similar to the one depicted on the right.

  4. The location of the database is in the 'target' edit box after the '-d' parameter.
    E.G.In this example the database is in c:\newdb.

    Further enquiries

    For any further information or should you require assistance contact:

    Ivan software support
    McLachlan Software
    PO Box N859
    Grosvenor Place NSW 1220

    Phone: +61 2 9251 6511

    Facsimile: +61 2 9251 7343