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    Calculated Sub Total Error

    I have an orders database that is populated from data from a web store (not an A5 built site). The database is used for order management offline.

    I have A5 print pick slips and invoices, based on the data supplied, and grouped by order number, so the only monetary calculation I needed is a product subtotal. Item prices, line item totals and a grand total are in the downloaded data.

    I originally put the money totals on the pick list / invoice reports in a page footer. The product subtotal field is a summary of the line total data supplied from the webstore.

    Recently, the calculated subtotal field began displaying $9,999,999 on the printed and screen viewed reports. The downloaded data is all fine, there is no corrupt stuff in it. This behavior doesn't happen all the time, but I have since recreated the field and put it in a group footer section on the report. So far, so good.

    I know I have created other reports in this manner in previous versions and not seen this happen. Is the design of using the page footer not a good one or is there something going wrong in A5? V9 is patches are up to date.
    Ed Merritt

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    Re: Calculated Sub Total Error

    Ed, can't answer your question without more details from you.

    Having said that it occurs to me that you may be overlooking the differences between page footers and group footers. Putting an aggregating calc field in the page footer makes sense only if your report will always be only one page long. If you're aggregating details in each "group" in your report the calc field must be placed in the group footer. Page footers know nothing about groups and could care less if one group ended and another began by the time you get to the bottom of the first page.


      Re: Calculated Sub Total Error

      Tom, 99% of these invoices are just one page long, and the total was always correct. The seemingly random 9,999,999 started appearing out of the blue. The first order in a batch would print correctly, but the remaining orders - as few as two or as many as 80 - would have that field incorrect.

      Like I said, I've discarded the field in the page footer and replaced it with a summary field in the group header. I'm just trying to get some thoughts as to what is happening. I have less faith in V9 than I did in V5 and V6 because I never saw some of the odd errors I've seen and this database is fairly simple.

      Ed Merritt

      Listen; there's a hell of a good universe next door: let's go.
      e.e. cummings