geodatabase locks, workflow protocols

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12-02-2013 11:36 AM
AdrienneMiller
New Contributor
I am a beginner using a personal database in ArcMap and ArcCatalog version 10.1, (though not a beginner in using ArcMap and Catalog).
I would like to find detailed info on workflow protocol, or how to order my tasks, so I don't run into trouble with locks. It seems like I have often needed to shut down applications just to release locks, but even when I do that I am never sure if I will be able to do what I need to do. When is it safe to delete a lock file?
I would love to start out with clear instructions about what I can do when and where and how locks will come into play as I edit a map and associated personal (or file) geodatabase.  Are there any tutorials or videos on this subject? In my situation I am not yet concerned with other people needing to edit my files, my lock problems are only mine as a single user at one hard drive location. I am not working in a network environment.
Thanks in advance.
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EmadAl-Mousa
Occasional Contributor III
This is information about File Geodatabase Locking:
http://resources.arcgis.com/en/help/main/10.1/index.html#//018s00000006000000

to make life easier (for multi-user editing environment) use ArcSDE Geodatabase instead of (file,personal).
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NidhinKarthikeyan
Regular Contributor II
Adrienne,

Take a look at this webpage regarding Schema Locking:
http://resources.arcgis.com/en/help/main/10.2/index.html#//003n0000002m000000
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AdrienneMiller
New Contributor
Thank you Nidhin and Emad for your replies and info links. ;)
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