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Clarification on Publishing

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  • Clarification on Publishing

    Let's say I change a report layout and want to publish the new layout. I assume I have to re-publish the .dbf file related to the report. Will that effect the data in that file on the server? If so, can I just ftp the .dd* files for that .dbf? What is the best protocol for publishing such changes?
    Tommy Thompson
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    Re: Clarification on Publishing

    Don't send the .dbf - that would overwrite the data on your server.

    If the report is based on a table, send the .ddd, .ddm, .ddx.

    If the report is based on a set, send the .set, .sem, .sex.
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      Re: Clarification on Publishing

      My suggestion is to always base your report on a set instead of a table even if that's the only use you have for the set. You can publish the set without affecting the data in the tables.

      Some people have even created a "set" with only one table when that's all they needed.

      Pat
      Pat Bremkamp
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      • #4
        Re: Clarification on Publishing

        Thanks to both. Good idea Pat.
        Tommy Thompson
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          Re: Clarification on Publishing

          Originally posted by Pat Bremkamp View Post
          My suggestion is to always base your report on a set instead of a table even if that's the only use you have for the set. You can publish the set without affecting the data in the tables.

          Some people have even created a "set" with only one table when that's all they needed.

          Pat
          Brilliant idea.... It should be done more than less... you just have to remember what is controlling/holding what...

          (It certainly stops the problem of a process wiping out the support files when it runs...)
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            Re: Clarification on Publishing

            Agree, brilliant. Always a pain to update a report on the server. Mostly a pain because of the unknown - did I make any table changes I don't want to publish? Also, when working maintenance with a client, this eliminates having to ask them for the latest table to get the latest report(s) so as not to overwrite with your out-of-date update. Make the report based on a new Set.
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              Re: Clarification on Publishing

              My suggestion is to always base your report on a set instead of a table even if that's the only use you have for the set. You can publish the set without affecting the data in the tables.

              Some people have even created a "set" with only one table when that's all they needed
              Yes Pat, I'm one of those people,
              The other advantage is that often later you find that a field from an external field may need to be added, and with a set its inclusion is often quite simple, rather than using ugly Lookup code.

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