Lotus Notes archive database error message: ‘Database Corrupt–Cannot Allocate Space’

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I have a Lotus Notes archive database that returns the following error message to me whenever I try to open it: "Database Corrupt--Cannot Allocate Space." How can I fix this issue?

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In the Notes R5 client, you may see the following message when attempting to add a database to your workspace:
“Database is corrupt — Cannot allocate space”

You are able to successfully open databases that are already on your workspace.

This error message has also been seen on Notes R4 Client when attempting to open or close a database. This error may occur on one database or on several databases.

Note: The error which occurs in Notes 4.6.4 is slightly different: “Database cannot be opened because of an invalid on disk structure”

Answer
The most likely cause of this error is due to a problem with the Notes client’s Desktop.dsk file. Running Compact or Nfixup on the Desktop.dsk may alleviate the problem.
In one particular situation, creating a new copy of the damaged database (either at the operating system level or via File, Database, New Copy in Notes) solved the issue.

Supporting Information:
NFixup is used on a Win32 platform if running Fixup at the server console is not an option, as is the case with this scenario.

Solution

Deleted cache.ndk and renamed bookmark.nsf.

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