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Startup Command and Parameter Reference
Startup Parameter Descriptions : Quick Request (-q)

Quick Request (-q)

Use Quick Request (-q) to tell the AVM to search PROPATH directories only on the first use of a procedure.
Operating system and syntax
UNIX / Windows
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Single-user default
Multi-user default
Client Session
Ordinarily in an ABL procedure, when the RUN statement is used to run a subprocedure, the AVM searches the directories named by the PROPATH environment variable, looking for a procedure of the same name with a .r extension. If it finds a file with a .r extension (an r-code file), it checks to make sure the r-code file has not changed since that r-code file was created.
This search is very useful in a development environment where procedures change regularly and you want to make sure you are always running the most current version of your application. However, in a production environment, you might want to bypass this search.
With Quick Request (-q), after the initial search, if the procedure still resides in memory or in the local session-compiled file, the AVM uses that version of the procedure rather than searching the directories again. However, the AVM always checks whether Data Dictionary definitions related to a procedure were modified. If they were modified, the AVM displays an error when it tries to retrieve the procedure.