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What is the -IOEverywhere client startup parameter?

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TitleWhat is the -IOEverywhere client startup parameter?
URL Name000042839
Article Number000166167
EnvironmentProduct: OpenEdge
Version: 10.2B02 and higher, 11.x
OS: All supported platforms
Question/Problem Description
What is the -IOEverywhere client startup parameter?
Summary of the undocumented client startup parameter -IOEverywhere
What is the default for -IOEverywhere?
Are there any particular cases where the default setting for -IOEverywhere should not be used?
Why is -IOEverywhere undocumented? 
Steps to Reproduce
Clarifying Information
Error Message
Defect/Enhancement NumberEnhancement OE00193613
Until OpenEdge 10.2B02, ABL had restrictions on where an input-blocking statement ( UPDATE, SET, PROMPT-FOR, CHOOSE, INSERT, WAIT-FOR, READKEY, or PROCESS EVENTS) could be used. Input-blocking statements could not be used in a user-defined function, a non-void method, class destructors and some database trigger blocks.

In OE 10.2B02 new startup parameter was introduced: -IOEverywhere <n>, where <n> is either 0 or 1. For service packs of Release 10.2B, the default is 0, which means the new feature is off and everything works as before. However, when "-IOEverywhere 1" is specified, input-blocking statements may be used in almost every context. There is only one remaining restriction. This occurs if the application.
  1. Uses .NET and is in a WAIT-FOR Application:Run() statement.
  2. Does a stacked input blocking statement for an ABL non-modal window in one of the places that has always been restricted from doing input-blocking.
In these cases, the restriction remains in place.

In OpenEdge11, the default became "-IOEverywhere 1", thus removing the restriction (except for the special cases above) without the need to use the startup parameter.

The default value for -IOEverywhere is normally appropriate. It can be changed if the pre-OE11 behavior is needed for compatibility, or possibly to work around a bug.  For this reason, -IOEverywhere is currently undocumented except in the release notes.  There are no plans to document -IOEverywhere in our existing documentation.

The parameter is intended for use under the direction of Technical Support as a workaround due to a defect.  If this parameter needs to be used, please contact Technical Support for assistance in duplication and logging of a defect for the issue being encountered.

Last Modified Date12/9/2016 10:49 AM
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