11-28-2013 01:15 AM
I ran into this error too using Endnote X5...presumably because I had my library stored in dropbox. The fix was pretty simple:
1. Rename the corrupt .enl file to anything else
2. Open it with Endnote, clicking past the error message that tells you there is no .data folder associated with the library.
3. Endnote creates a new empty .data folder to go along with the new name
4. Move the original PDF folder from old .data folder to this new one.
5. Done. When I did this my entire library was recovered and the links to the pdf's were all working.
04-07-2014 04:36 AM
I am using Word 2007, saving my files on Dropbox (version 2.4.11) , and saving my EndNote (Version X 7.0.2) library on Dropbox.
I repeatedly get the error message mentioned in this post:
Database error. Please verify that no other user has this library open simultaneously with write access.
If this error persists..... use Recover Library on the Tools menu.
I have used the Recove Library option on the Tool menu successfully. Then the new library with the word "saved" appended to the file name works fine- until I shut down EndNote and the Word file - next time I try to re-open the EndNote library, I get the same error. Pecularily, I don't get the error message EVERYTIME I try to open the library, but there doesn't seem to be a reason as to why sometimes I have to recover the library and sometimes I don't. Because the problem reoccurs, I end up with a library called "xxx-saved-saved-saved". Not a show stopper (ie it still works) but very strange.
I tried to pause sychronising on Dropbox, it does not seem to have had an effect.
Can anyone advise on the best solution? Is it acceptable to have an EndNote library on Dropbox?
07-07-2014 03:16 PM
I lost two libraries already with this same message. The recovery strategy doesn't work with my last very well organized library. Any recovery suggestion ? I am on a PC right now. I will try on my Mac tonight. I would REALLY like to recover it.
07-07-2014 04:35 PM - edited 07-07-2014 04:35 PM
using drop box? --
If the original .DATA folder is backed up somewhere, you should be able to recover it -- by creating an empty text only file with the same name as the .DATA folder, ending in .enl (so for library.DATA, a file called library.enl)residing in the same folder as the the .DATA folder (not in the .DATA folder). But if that .DATA folder was overwritten -- it is toast.
So move it out of the drop box and see if you can recover it. Everything you need (groups, PDFs etc) are in the .DATA folder. The .enl file is really just a pointer.
01-18-2017 05:26 PM
I just upgraded to Endnote 8 and deleted the EndNote 7 application from my computer. Downloading references from the library isn't as smooth as it used to be. I only have endnote on my personal laptop. Now sometimes I get this EndNote error message that says "This library is currently being used by someone else. Try opening it again later."
I'm the only one using my library. Whats up!?!
02-18-2017 02:59 PM
I was using cite while you write in Endnote 8 on my mac and had to edit a citation. I saved it and I got an error message and had to force log off the computer. Upon restarting, I can no longer access my endnote library and receive the error message "The libary is currently being used by someone else. Try opening it later."
What is going on?
04-19-2017 03:08 AM
I'm updated my MacOS system from Mountain Lion to Sierra after which my endnote 4 would not work, so had to update to Endnote 8. Now my library starts opening but then I get an error message " This library is currently being used by someone else. Try opening it again later" . I have reinstalled endnote multiple times, I've "Recover library" multiple time and save under various names and restarted my computer multiple times. Still getting the same message. Only good thing at the moment is that endnote is not crashing anymore. If anyone has any other suggestions, please let me know, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks