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Active Link Table Creator Selection List Does Not List All Tables in Database...

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  • Active Link Table Creator Selection List Does Not List All Tables in Database...

    My company runs Global Shop on a Pervasive SQL database set which contains 1302 tables. When I attempt to add active link tables (or any tables), the table selection list ends at table 1000. We need more tables to choose from in the list, or some way to filter out the ones we won't want added to the list.

    The Alpha selection list of these tables begins here: Pervasive_Begin.png

    And ends here: Pervasive_End.png

    With more than 300 to go: Pervasive_More.png

    The table I need is TIME_ATTENDANCE which is 28 tables further down the list. Splitting the database, or renaming tables is not an option. Creating a new table name that will appear further up the list, and replicating the contents with an internal script within Global Shop is not an option.

    Having Alpha present a complete list is an option.

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    Re: Active Link Table Creator Selection List Does Not List All Tables in Database...

    Try creating an active link definition to a table you can see, then modify the connection string to reference the desired table and fields. A5V11 is no longer being updated.
    There can be only one.

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    • #3
      Re: Active Link Table Creator Selection List Does Not List All Tables in Database...

      Originally posted by Stan Mathews View Post
      ...A5V11 is no longer being updated.
      We are actually running A5V12, but there was no forum entry for "Alpha Five Version 12". So is there a setting, registry entry, or anything that will cause the selector to read more than 1000 tables?

      And where do I modify the connection string so that it points to a different table?

      Thanks!

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      • #4
        Re: Active Link Table Creator Selection List Does Not List All Tables in Database...

        Appears I was mistaken about modifying the link definition. That only applies to the connection, not the individual tables therein.
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        There can be only one.

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        • #5
          Re: Active Link Table Creator Selection List Does Not List All Tables in Database...

          A5v12 desktop message board threads can find a home in the Windows Desktop forum. This is a sub-forum of Alpha Anywhere (v12).

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          • #6
            Re: Active Link Table Creator Selection List Does Not List All Tables in Database...

            Originally posted by Stan Mathews View Post
            Appears I was mistaken about modifying the link definition. That only applies to the connection, not the individual tables therein.
            It seemed to be a viable work-around, but it didn't work for me. I created a new work space, and attempted to create a single table using a custom SQL statement; "select * from TIME_ATTENDANCE".

            Select Time Attendance.png

            Apparently, Alpha can open the table and read the fields because the surrogate key selector is populated with the correct field names from TIME_ATTENDANCE:

            Surrogate.png

            After finishing the surrogate key selection, and finishing the window, the "Specify Table Name" dialog box pops up:

            Set Name.png

            But no linked table is created:

            Empty Control Panel.png

            So it appears that Alpha is ignoring any table that is not present in the selection list, and will not create a linked table unless the table name exists there. It needs to read in all of the tables in the database, or the missing ones cannot be linked to an Alpha table.

            Maybe Alpha could provide a filter for selecting a range of tables BEFORE it populates the list? It has a wildcard selector, but it only works on tables already in the list.

            I'll take this issue to the Windows Desktop forums....Thanks!

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            • #7
              Active Link Table Creator Selection List Does Not List All Tables in a Database...

              My company runs Global Shop on a Pervasive SQL database set which contains 1302 tables. When I attempt to add active link tables (or any tables), the table selection list ends at table 1000. We need more tables to choose from in the list, or some way to filter out the ones we won't want added to the list.

              The Alpha selection list of these tables begins here: Pervasive_Begin.png

              And ends here: Pervasive_End.png

              With more than 300 to go: Pervasive_More.png

              The table I need to access is 28 tables further down the list. It appears that Alpha developers never expected anyone to attempt to create a database with more than 1000 tables, since that is the exact count of tables read into the selection list, and this is the largest table count I have ever seen in a single database. But this database was created by Global Shop and cannot be split, or have the table names changed, and I do not wish to create a replicated table that must be updated all the time just to mirror the one that Alpha can't get to.

              Alpha forums user Stan Matthews suggested a work-around where I would bring in a table that can be seen, and modify its link definition to point to the table and fields desired. This works for tables that appear on the list, because changing the link definition did indeed swap out the field names in the linked table, but it did not work when I tried a custom SQL statement calling for the table that was not on the list, even though the table was opened, and Alpha could display the correct field names in the dialog box for selecting surrogate key fields. Upon completion, the original linked table was not modified in any way, so I tried something else.

              I created a new work space, and attempted to create a single table using a custom SQL statement; "select * from TIME_ATTENDANCE".

              Select Time Attendance.png

              Apparently, Alpha can open the table and read the fields because the surrogate key selector is populated with the correct field names from TIME_ATTENDANCE:

              Surrogate.png

              After finishing the surrogate key selection, and finishing the window, the "Specify Table Name" dialog box pops up:

              Set Name.png

              But no linked table is created:

              Empty Control Panel.png

              So it appears that Alpha is ignoring any table that is not present in the selection list, and will not create a linked table unless the table name exists there. It needs to read in all of the tables in the database, or the missing ones cannot be linked to an Alpha table.

              Maybe Alpha could provide a filter for selecting a range of tables BEFORE it populates the list? It has a wildcard selector, but it only works on tables already in the list.

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              • #8
                Re: Active Link Table Creator Selection List Does Not List All Tables in Database...

                If you build an ad hoc connection you are offered the option of filtering the list of tables but I'm not sure the filtering options would be helpful.
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                There can be only one.

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                • #9
                  Re: Active Link Table Creator Selection List Does Not List All Tables in a Database...

                  SOLVED!!!!!

                  Selwyn Rabins replied with the solution:



                  In the development environment, select the "View" menu, select "Settings", then in the dialog box under "System" select "Preferences", "SQL Databases" and finally, "Maximum number of tables and views to show."

                  I set ours to 1500 and we're good to go!

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                  • #10
                    Re: Active Link Table Creator Selection List Does Not List All Tables in Database...

                    Not present in V11 but glad you wound up where you needed to be.
                    There can be only one.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Active Link Table Creator Selection List Does Not List All Tables in Database...

                      Originally posted by Stan Mathews View Post
                      If you build an ad hoc connection you are offered the option of filtering the list of tables but I'm not sure the filtering options would be helpful.
                      Hi Stan! Thank you very much for your suggestions. They helped me explore the options a lot more closely than I otherwise would have, and your first suggestion, bringing in a visible table and adjusting its link definition, actually worked for tables that were visible in the list, so even though it didn't help in my situation, I see that it could come in handy in the future. You were right the first time, by the way, in that the complete definition can be manipulated beyond just the connection string for selecting the table AND the fields you want to include. In my case, however, it turned out that Alpha refused to either update or create a table that it did not read into the selection list, so the work-around wasn't an option.

                      The filter for the selection of table types is available on the other configuration dialog boxes as well as the ad-hoc, but it only operates on data table sets that have already appeared on the list. Selwyn Rabins pointed me to a setting for number of tables to be read. The default setting was 1000 tables, so after bumping this up to 1500 everything works fine.

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