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Strange behaviors in v9?

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  • Strange behaviors in v9?

    I'm seeing relatively frequent misbehaviors in v9. As a relative newbie, I find myself committing quite a few 'oops' operations (meaning that I did something I didn't mean to do). One example today was in building a set, 5 tables deep. After saving the set, I realized the two "bottom" tables were the wrong ones. So I unlinked them. I think I then saved the reduced 3-table set, but I am not certain of that. Alpha would not then respond to my clicks on Add Table when trying to add the proper table to the last (3rd) table in the set. The button would visibly "click", but no dialog appeared to allow creation of new link.

    And maybe the next thing is acting per design - but it's annoying: when I form a Mapped Table or Set, then choose later to unlink all the tables and delete the set (maybe because I linked it incorrectly), all related FORMS disappear (and the tables frequently seem to get emptied as well).

    Also, various hangs and lockups from time to time.

    Anybody else seeing this sort of thing?

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    Re: Strange behaviors in v9?

    Hi Jon,
    After restructuring a set you should probably compact its dictionary files. Once the set is deleted, any layouts associated with it will go too. This is to be expected. Deleting a set however should not do anything to the tables it is based on. Anytime the dictionaries have deleted entries, it is a good idea to compact. Your tables may be experiencing index corruption, and you can rebuild them separately. Creating a set also creates indexes for the tables to use. Once the set is gone the indexes may become invalid.

    When all else fails - Compact! And/or close and reopen Alpha.

    (Speaking from a ver 7 point of view...)
    Robin

    Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford

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    • #3
      Re: Strange behaviors in v9?

      Hi Robin

      I have a Bookings Form that takes 23 seconds to open
      Two tables in set Bookings(9 Records) and activities(19 Records)
      When opening the tables individually, they open almost instantaneous.
      What should I do?


      Thanks
      Peter Gagiano

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      • #4
        Re: Strange behaviors in v9?

        Sounds like the Bookings form may be having some problems. Would have to see it to tell you anymore. Have you tried opening the default form for the set? If that runs well, then for sure it is your custom form. From the control panel just right click on the set and select the default form.
        Robin

        Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford

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          Re: Strange behaviors in v9?

          Robin

          Tested the default form and it opened in half a second. Then I created a new form and copied the objects over one by one closing and opening the form. The Browse was the culprit for some unexplained reason. I replaced the browse and now everything is fine.

          Thanks
          Peter Gagiano

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