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  • how to post or print to txt page

    Is there a way to post data to a text txt or rtf page.

    I have an a5w page that displays info from a record, but I really wanted to save the data as a txt file.

    I know the browser can open a txt file.

    Or can you print a report to a txt file, [I know you can print to pdf and html pages]

    Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.

  • #2
    Re: how to post or print to txt page

    Yes, you can print to a txt file in several ways, but the easiest is to print a report and select the txt option - it is in there as an option. Either use the genie and set the report type (at the bottom) to txt or use this code:

    dim filter as c
    dim order as c
    Filter = ".T."
    Order = ""
    Dim filename as c
    filename = session.session_folder + "tempreport.pdf"
    filename = report.saveas("Referrer_List@[PathAlias.ADB_Path]\refsrc.ddd","txt",filter,order,filename,.f.)
    if file.exists(filename)
    currentform.RedirectTarget = session.session_url + "tempreport.txt?" + time("hms3")
    end if

    You could also use xbasic to write anything to a txt file, but that is a lot more tedious way to go.

    Gary S. Traub, Ph.D.


    • #3
      Re: how to post or print to txt page

      filename = session.session_folder + "tempreport.pdf"

      sorry, change this line to txt also i.e.

      filename = session.session_folder + "tempreport.txt"
      Gary S. Traub, Ph.D.


      • #4
        Re: how to post or print to txt page


        ...and many many more.... check the online help.

        Dim yourtext as c
        yourtext = <<%txt%


        file.from_string(session.session_folder + "file.txt",yourtext)

        Then response.redirect(session.session_folder + "file.txt") or ?file.to_blob(session.session_folder + "file.txt")
        Last edited by NoeticCC; 09-18-2008, 09:22 AM.


        • #5
          Re: how to post or print to txt page

          Originally posted by drgarytraub View Post
          You could also use xbasic to write anything to a txt file, but that is a lot more tedious way to go.
          One of the great features of xbasic is the huge range of text editing functions, as well as the wonderful functions like file.append_line() which even generate the file if it's not already there.... FAR easier than having to create a report if all you want is genuinely just a text file.


          • #6
            Re: how to post or print to txt page

            Thanks I will try what you say. Thanks again.


            • #7
              Re: how to post or print to txt page

              I often use the file.append() method described by Andrea. Here is an example of a nice log record per transaction.
              IF writelog = "True"
              	dim fp as p
              	filename = "mylog.log" ' might be dynamic filename or static as in example
              	dim logtext as c
              	logtext= "LOG EVENT " + now() + crlf() + \
              	"Result   : " + r_resultCode + crlf() + \
              	"InvID    : " + t_invid + crlf() + \
              	"LocnID   : " + t_locationid + crlf() + \
              	"NameOnAct: " + t_custfname + " " + t_custlname  + crlf() + \
              	"Name on Invoice: " + t_invName + crlf() + \
              	"Acct on Invoice: " + t_invAcct + crlf() + \
              	"ProcTime : " + alltrim(str(now() - starttime,10,5))  + crlf() + \
              	"--------------------------------------------------" + crlf()
              END IF
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              • #8
                Re: how to post or print to txt page

                Thanks for that example Steve, I was looking into a way of keeping an easy trace log of a similar nature myself.

                I really wish I'd read up on the append functions from the start as my first experiments with text files used the "lower" functions where you have to open and close the file, check if it exists and so on...

                I really do love the text parsing functions in Alpha5 though, and higher/wrapper functions like the append & append_line functions just take the hassle out of routine coding :)