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What are some common reason why a query won't save?

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  • What are some common reason why a query won't save?

    I've been struggling with this for a while and was hoping others had the same problem. Here's the query setup:
    _DB_NAME1 = a5.get_path()+chr(92) + "CUSTOMER.DBF"
    tbl =
    query.description="Selected Customers"

    After I run the query, apparently without errors, I open the report which needs the saved query and there are no queries stored. I got my hopes up when I saw in the documentation that to have a query created instead of an index you need a query.option of "N". So I changed the above to query.options="N" and it didn't help.

    I keep thinking I must be making some rookie mistake like not having anything in the "()" of tbl.query_create, or maybe I should use a lower case "n". My situation seems simple. A query on a table and a report on the same table which needs the query.

    Any thoughts on something I should pursue?

    Thanks .... Sam

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    Re: What are some common reason why a query won't save?

    That's not the way to create a saved query.

    Use the operations tab of the control panel. New operation, Query records, choose the table, design the query, save it.

    There can be only one.


    • #3
      Re: What are some common reason why a query won't save?

      That's a truly great tip, Stan. I saw the query there in the list of operations some little while ago but when I tried it it didn't have the feel of the other processes I use like append, update, summarize and others. There's no ability to convert to Xbasic. So I just walked away from it.

      I simply assumed that when a query was written with the correct options it would get saved.

      So, Stan, I completely rewrote my difficult query to avoid having to save multiple query commands inside a character variable. As soon as I completed that I found that my query started working everywhere, in the Code tab of Control Panel, in report filters, the interactive window and others. Once more you saved my bacon.

      I'm about finished converting my application now. I just wrote a menu today and it was rather intuitive to use the Action Scripting to create the button launches for forms, crosstabs, and my other scripts. Action Scripting is an amazingly useful and friendly tool.

      I guess I won't be burdening you Alphaholics with many more of my pesky threads.

      In retrospect I'm glad I made the decision to upgrade Alpha Five rather than working out ways to keep running the 16bit code on 64bit software ... things like VMWare and Virtual Box. I was looking at XP Box from Microsoft but they just abandoned that in Win8. This was the way to go and thanks to all of you for helping me pull it off.

      Later ... Sam