05-19-2018 08:59 PM
This did not solve my problem. None of the suggestions about copying the file and placing somewhere else solve the problem. Currently, I have no access to my main library. I tried a different library and it opened fine. But this makes no sense, as I was using my main library just yesterday on the same computer. Nothing has changed since then. How has the library suddenly become corrupted?
05-25-2018 10:57 AM - edited 05-25-2018 11:00 AM
I too experienced this frightening issue with Endnote X8. I called Endnote support (1-800-336-4474; Option 4) and they wonderfully gave me the following instructions for MAC Book Pro (High Sierra):
All of my groups, attachments (PDFs,), etc. were there too. Crisis averted
06-12-2018 05:43 AM
Thanks - this has solved my issue too. So not cloud friendly, even though my library is synced in your cloud. Too funny!
08-13-2018 12:08 PM
I came across the same issue today, but fortunately found a quick solution (which might have been particular to my circumstances).
I recently migrated from 2013 MacBook Air to 2018 MacBook Pro, both using fully up-to-date software. iCloud Desktop + Documents was enabled on both machines. I successfully opened my EndNote X8 library on MBP. Later, while Apple Support helped me with an unrelated matter, I disabled iCloud and re-enabled it. When I opened EndNote today, I got the dreaded error message other users have mentioned. Not wanting to go through the labourious steps mentioned above, I checked my EndNote folders and found that many of them were in the cloud, but not locally downloaded (they had the cloud with down arrow logo next to them). I clicked on the cloud icon to manually download EndNote folders, then rebooted (because why not). On reboot, I was able to open my old library without having to go through the recovery process.
Just thought I'd offer this in case it helps anyone else!
11-08-2018 10:13 PM
I ran into the same problem as the folks on this page recently. I did the following and it worked for me:
I took several files from the .data folder and deleted them from the rdb and tdb subfolders. Files: csort 2.MYI, csort.frm, csort. MYD, csort.MYD 8.49.52 PM, csort.MYI
I have no idea why this worked. I was just systematically deleting newly updated files from the day it malfunctioned.
11-09-2018 01:22 PM - edited 11-09-2018 01:34 PM
THANK YOU nhnorsker!!!
I just spent a couple of figuring out how to get my Library to open, got in touch with the tech support, it did not work. All the other options were tried to no avail. This one solution works, many thanks to Thorgrim and you. And copying the pdf file content works, but I tried to also copy the rdb content (maybe my groups are there??) but it messed up things again, so I reverse that, and I just have to regroup my refs... again, I am just happy to be able to open it again and to have the pdf.
11-20-2018 04:22 AM
Another idea came to my mind as I was reading the thread. If you library was previously synced, you can create an empty library and sync it again (download it from the server). Worked for me. Thanks to all of you for the sharing of ideas!
2 weeks ago
This happened to me months ago, but unfortunately I forgot how I resolved it. I think I had switched to Box Drive from Dropbox in hopes of it being specific to the cloud storage provider.
Since most people said it was cloud-related and my library is in a Box Drive folder, I looked to see what files had changed around the time the error popped up. Three files in the "rdb" folder had been edited.
The "pdf_index (MYUSERNAME 2).myd" file was new, but it was the first version of it.
Next were the "misc.myd" and "misc.myi" files. I restored these to versions that predated this error about the library being used by someone else.
The library opened fine and a Word doc that used this library "Updated Citations and Bibliography" just fine! Success after spinning my wheels for too long!
Cloud storage has been so helpful when switching machines, so I hope this can be less of a problem in the future.
Friday - last edited Friday
This may be the end of my use of EndNote. This error has popped up twice since my last post. I had to revert about 9 files in the "rdb" folder to previous versions and delete one new PDF I had added.
I am seeing that some files in the "rdb" folder are changing while I have Endnote open in the background but not actively using it. I have attached a screenshot of 4 files that changed today when I opened my laptop, either before or while was trying to import a new reference. The "library currently being used error" popped up right away. This only a symptom of root of the problem. I'm not sure what to do to fix this longterm, aside from trying to keep EndNote closed when I'm not using it.
Any help is appreciated.