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Playing hide and seek with linked reports

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  • Playing hide and seek with linked reports

    This is the 4th time it happens to me today:
    Built a main report with a linked report mimicking what's in the wiki. Initially things work as expected. The linked report appears in the parent report. Then I start changing things around, like moving a column to the right or left, change fonts, add a line, add or delete a calc field, etc... Then at a given point, the linked report stop showing on the parent report. It appears clearly in design mode in the blue hatched area, but it does not appear when I preview the main report. Parent records display, child records do not, replaced with blank space. No matter what I do after that (save, resave, close, restart), the child report just won't come back.

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    Re: Playing hide and seek with linked reports

    Had this happen also. Right-click on the linked report and select Refresh linked reports did the trick for me
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    • #3
      Re: Playing hide and seek with linked reports

      Thanks Lyle for the pointer, I tried and does the trick. However there is more to linked reports disappearing than the refresh issue. Try this:
      In the linked report (child report) create a summary calc to total records by a given field say Extension: click on the xy button create a total (tot1=total(extension) ). Go to parent report and refresh the linked report, preview. Do child records appear on the report?
      I used Customers-Invoices of Alphasports for the exercise and my back end is Mysql.


      • #4
        Re: Playing hide and seek with linked reports

        I used my own sample data, but yep, did the refresh linked reports in the parent report and there showed the updated child report with the summary; ran the preview and yep, there it was :) MySQL backend as well.

        That all said, I am still at a loss to fully understand the benefits of Layout Reports, even after reading and re-reading the relevant sections in the Wiki

        One of the main reasons that I came over to Alpha was to be able to produce and then display and print a "proper" banded report from a web browser ... which the Free Form reports does quite nicely (for my purposes anyway). :)
        Last edited by 2ninerniner2; 07-25-2012, 10:34 PM.
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        • #5
          Re: Playing hide and seek with linked reports

          What version or prerelease are you using?


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            Re: Playing hide and seek with linked reports

            I'm using the latest "official release" 2765-3967
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