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  • Importing an Excel file

    I'm using Alpha Anywhere and have built a simple grid to import an excel file with 3 fields of data (From, Date, Subject). The import works fine in live preview development but when published to the web, I get the message "Cannot open file".

    Am I missing something? Any help would be appreciated.

    I should add that I am using the built in import feature with an import button on the grid. The import saves the file to an external MySQL table.
    Last edited by citigirl; 03-17-2016, 02:22 PM.

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    Re: Importing an Excel file

    When you are working locally, your server and your desktop are the same machine.

    But when importing a file, it is going to expect that file to be on the SERVER, not on your desktop.

    You have to upload it to the correct place on the server, then import it from there.

    If you have it on the server already, make sure it is in a directory that it has access to - usually inside the webroot directory. (like a5webroot\application\myimportfiles)


    • #3
      Re: Importing an Excel file

      Thanks for your response. This feature has performed before but seems to be unstable as it works for a while then quits; I still new so maybe I missed it but the on-line videos seem to suggest that this should work regardless of where the file is stored originally.

      My dilemma.
      To avoid data re-entry, I have more than one instance where remote users (across the US)work on client systems, with have no automated data feed, but need to be able to extract certain fields of data from those systems (in a spreadsheet on their computer) and upload them to MySQL server tables for reporting purposes.

      Clarify, if I'm misinterpreting your response. In our case, users don't have access to the server so they can't access a file on the server, even if a "File Upload" is performed first. Therefore, only an administrator, who has access to the server, can perform this task. Is that correct?


      • #4
        Re: Importing an Excel file

        You posted this in Mobile and Browser applications.

        Are you talking about a desktop app?


        • #5
          Re: Importing an Excel file

          Larry, I'm afraid you're wrong. The import does happen from the user's pc. Deborah, write a small data validation xbasic function to see if the file does get uploaded into the temp table Alpha uses (last property in "import properties" You could also try with a simplified excel file to make sure the data (special characters) is not preventing something; the error message may be misleading you.

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          • #6
            Re: Importing an Excel file

            I don't completely understand your situation, I guess. If this is a web-enabled app, even if the disparate systems are not connected, you could still create a function that joins them all together and upload the data directly.

            All it would require is a single user on the server system with access to only the import table. That could be shared among the client systems without creating a security risk at the server since the user only has access to the one table.

            But, having said that, you should attempt to figure out WHY it works intermittently.

            When it stops working, does it stop working for everyone? If you restart the server, does it start working again?

            When it is NOT working, have you watched the process in Firebug to see if there are any javascript errors occurring? If not, then you really should. If so, then let us know what the javascript errors are.

            Heck, even when it IS working you should check to see if any javascript errors (or warnings) are occurring - that might give you a clue as to why it is failing.


            p.s. In case you don't know - Firebug is a Firefox extension that helps debug JavaScript. If you haven't tried it, search for it online and install it. It is a very useful tool in Alpha.