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Sage Pastel Error Status 146, File 31 acchistl.dat

The acchistl.dat file is specific to the company that you were working in.

Backup First

Start by making a backup of the acchistl.dat file in the company that you were working in.

There are 2 ways to rebuild the file in Sage Pastel

Sage Pastel Accounting Rebuild Utility

  • The file/s selected get renamed to xxx.old
  • A new data file is created
  • The information is copied from the xxx.old file to the new file
  • Should you receive a critical error the utility stops copying the information from the xxx.old to the new data file which will result in data loss
  • Restore a Backup of the dataset should you receive errors when rebuilding using the Sage Pastel Accounting Rebuild Utility

Pervasive Rebuild Utility

  • Pervasive rebuilds the data in the file/s selected
  • It does not copy nor overwrite any data
  • Should you receive a critical error it means the file is corrupted
  • You will need to restore a backup before you received the original error
  • Note: Should one of the rebuild utilities fail, you can attempt to run the other rebuild utility. You will need to Restore a Backup however before running the alternative rebuild utility.

How to use the Sage Pastel Accounting Rebuild Utility

  • Ensure that the Pastel Partner / Xpress program is closed on all computers
  • Open your Windows Explorer (Hold the Windows + E key on your keyboard simultaneously)
  • Navigate to the Pastelxx/Xpressxx folder (where xx represents the version on Sage Pastel Accounting you are running i.e. Pastel19/Xpress19)
  • Open the Pastelxx/Xpressxx folder
  • Double click on the Rebuild32.exe file
  • Note: This utility should not be run over the network but on the PC where the company data is saved locally, i.e. Server
  • The ‘Rebuild a Btrieve File’ screen will display:
  • Click OK on the message that will display advising the importance of having a backup before running the rebuild utility
  • Select the drive where the data is stored
  • Select the Company folder
  • Select the data files to rebuild
  • Click Rebuild
  • Once the rebuild is completed ensure at the same amount of records are rebuilt as records that exist i.e. 17 of 17 records
  • Should you receive a critical error message you can attempt the Pervasive rebuild, restore the backup made before the Sage Pastel Rebuild utility was run

How to use the Pervasive Rebuild Utility

  • Ensure that the Pastel Partner / Xpress program is closed on all computers
  • On Windows 7 go to Start | Programs / All Programs | Pervasive | the current version of
  • Pervasive | other utilities / Utilities | Rebuild
  • On Windows 8/10/11 search Rebuild, select the Pervasive Rebuild icon
  • The ‘Welcome to the Pervasive Rebuild Wizard’ screen will display, click Next
  • The ‘File Options’ screen will display, click Add
  • The ‘Browse/Open’ screen will display, navigate to the Company Folder
  • By Files of Type: change the option from Data Files to All Files
  • Select the Sage Pastel data files/s that need to be rebuilt from the list that displays i.e. ACCHISTL.DAT
  • Click Open
  • The ‘File Option’ screen will display showing the file/s selected, click Next
  • The ‘Rebuild Options’ screen will display
  • Do not make any changes
  • Click Next
  • The ‘Rebuild the Files’ screen will display:
  • Once rebuild you should see a message ‘The files were rebuilt successfully
  • Should you not receive this message it means the rebuild was NOT successful
  • A backup will need to be Restored before you received the original error message

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