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  • App Server Update Causes Printing Problem

    Hopefully, someone can help with this.

    On Thursday, I updated to the newest build of Alpha (Developer and Application Server).

    I received a call, on Friday, from a user, that a PDF report that he has been running daily, for several months, without issues (action button on a Grid that uses "Grid Filter" and "Grid Order") will no longer run. It just pauses forever at the "Working" message.

    I tried it and had the same problem. The PDF report doesn't create (just stays on the "Working" screen).

    I have looked at the code and it's a pretty simple report (which compiles/formats instantly from Alpha's Developer version). This is definitely a problem with the Report Server on the latest Application Server build that I uploaded.

    In desperation, because my customer needs the report at 6am, I've reinstalled the previous version of the Application Server Patch (from ~5/27). The report now compiles in less than 20 seconds (still longer than I'd like... but reasonable and acceptable).

    Has anyone else had an issue with the latest Application Server build, with regards to PDF Report printing? Is there something I need to change in the Application Server, so that I can install the latest version and still run reports.

    I'd appreciate any help.


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    Re: App Server Update Causes Printing Problem

    I have not experienced any issues with PDF with the latest official build.
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    • #3
      Re: App Server Update Causes Printing Problem

      I'm on build 3678_4685 and my reports seem to be working okay. I know there have been some code changes recently to implement html-paged reports so it's very possible something in the change is affecting your particular application.
      If I were you, I'd send a bug report, though it's sometimes hard for them to track down unless they can reproduce the problem.
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      • #4
        Re: App Server Update Causes Printing Problem

        On Thursday, I updated to the newest build of Alpha (Developer and Application Server)....

        So you're on a pre-release? ...send a test cast to Alpha and they will fix it.
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          Re: App Server Update Causes Printing Problem


          Thank you so much for writing back. That's excellent information. I WAS on 3670-4684. Of course, now that I loaded the older build (3629-4676, which is working), I'm obviously not on the latest build. With this "older" build, my customer was able to run his reports this morning and this afternoon, without issue.

          NOTE: Not that it matters, I didn't go back to an earlier version of the Developer program, I'm still on 3670_4684.

          Since neither of you had any issues with your PDF reports, tonight, I will try to re-apply the 3670_4684 (or even Friday's Pre-Release build: 3678-4685) Application Server Patch to see if there are any issues. Maybe it was just an issue with the "patch" I applied (of course, I'll re-download a new copy tonight).

          Do you think there's any value in downloading/installing the "full file" vs the "patch", in this case?

          Anyway, thanks for your help. I will update this post with the results of tonight's update


          • #6
            Re: App Server Update Causes Printing Problem

            Originally posted by psamuels56 View Post
            NOTE: Not that it matters, I didn't go back to an earlier version of the Developer program, I'm still on 3670_4684.
            Best practice is to always keep the Developer and Server at the same build revisions.

            Originally posted by psamuels56 View Post
            Do you think there's any value in downloading/installing the "full file" vs the "patch", in this case?
            I wouldn't, that shouldn't be necessary.
            Alpha Anywhere v12. Build 7582-5569 IIS v10.0 on Windows Server 2019 Std in Hyper-V


            • #7
              Re: App Server Update Causes Printing Problem

              Thanks, Stephen. I ALWAYS keep the editions in sync. The ONLY reason they aren't in sync now is that I had to downgrade the Application Server to get the print function to work (there was no point in downgrading the Developer program at this point). Once the issue is resolved, I'll make sure that the two builds are in sync


              • #8
                Re: App Server Update Causes Printing Problem

                I'm having issues with 3670_4684 and PDF reports as well (whether freeform or layout table). I converted one of my Free Form reports to layout table report and I got it to print (though it still seems slower than it use too) but then when I try to get a PDF of that file it only works with smaller reports (4-5 pages), larger reports never download the PDF. I need the PDF as I put signature fields on the report and they don't seem to show up when I use the "Print HTML" button (also my page breaks don't work properly using the "Print HTML" button). I originally was using the XPS print driver (with the box checked to automatically convert to PDF) but wasn't able to get the reports to print (even in HTML) until I switched this off.

                I haven't yet tried to roll back to a previous version yet as I was hoping there might be some more information from others on this issue, anyone?


                • #9
                  Re: App Server Update Causes Printing Problem

                  It seems my report issues may have been related to having a linked report. After I rebuilt the query so it would work with a single report and then restructured the main report to handle all the breaks (rather than linking a report) it is now allowing me to run my reports as PDFs. I did also roll back to version 3633-4676 (but before I did the reworking of the report the PDFs still had issues). The main reports query only took about 2.5 seconds to run in mysql and the linked report only took 3/4 of a second so I don't think the query was overly complex (those times are for running the report when it would have roughly 45-50 pages due to the group breaks). Just wanted to give an update, look forward to rolling it back to the newest version this weekend and seeing if the report still works (I'll try to remember to post back here what I find).