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Article #18727: Merging the configuration file has failed

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     FAQ: FAQ3727B - Merging the configuration file has failed
Category: Install Issues
Platform: Win95/NT
 Product: BC++5.x,   C++Builder1.0,   C++Builder3.x,   Delphi2.x,   Delphi3.x,   


I'm deploying my BDE application and the install generates the error 
"Merging the configuration file has failed". What is causing this?


The most likely cause of this error is using a BDE Deployment tool with BDE 5 or later, 
such as InstallShield, that doesn't know about BDE 5 files. 

Specifically what causes the error is that BDE 5.0 uses a new mechanism to for 
language drivers. The error occurs because the language driver being merged can't be 

To solve the problem: 
1. When you update your BDE, install to the same directory 
the BDE is already installed to.
2. Add BANTAM.DLL, *.BTL and CHARSET.CVB from your BDE 
directory to the BDE/IDAPI Files group.

Another possible causes of this problem are:

1. Running an application that uses the BDE while deploying your application.
2. The target machine's preexisting Idapi32.cfg file is set to read-only or is in any other 
way inaccessible.
3. The IDAPI configuration file on the target machine is corrupt.

For additional information see document Q100670 on 

7/13/99 11:04:11 AM

Last Modified: 01-SEP-99