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Editing 40 posting field rules?

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  • Editing 40 posting field rules?

    Say you had a table with 40 fields and each field needed a field rule to update (post to) another table. I suppose one could sit down and manually enter each posting rule for each field in the A5 field rule editor but if you were lazy, didn't want to spend two hours doing it, and were prone to typo's, how would you complete this? That is to say... where are field rules kept and is there a way to work with them a bit more say, programatically/efficiently?

    Thanks in advance!

  • #2
    Re: Editing 40 posting field rules?

    You can get a pointer to the field rules using <tbl>.rules_get().


    • #3
      Re: Editing 40 posting field rules?

      Thanks Andy. Maybe since I'm new, that way looks like 3 hrs worth of code to save two hours of entry. I was hoping for a copy/paste trick. I proabably need to study that method though.


      • #4
        Re: Editing 40 posting field rules?

        Originally posted by Riverguy View Post
        That is to say... where are field rules kept
        From the documentation, index, Alpha Five, File Types

        Data Dictionary
        The table's data dictionary, which contains lists of additional table objects such as Layouts (forms, browses, etc.), report designs, saved operations, field rules, and field names longer than 10 characters.

        is there a way to work with them a bit more say, programatically/efficiently?
        The .ddd file is actually a .dbf with a different extension.
        There can be only one.


        • #5
          Re: Editing 40 posting field rules?

          Originally posted by Stan Mathews View Post
          From the documentation, index, Alpha Five, File Types

          The .ddd file is actually a .dbf with a different extension.
          That would be great but I can't seem to open it if I change the extension. It was a good thing I copied to another directory before I tried though...


          • #6
            Re: Editing 40 posting field rules?

            I just tried and had no problem so must be the way you are attempting it. I just copied the ddd, renamed it and made it a dbf extension, and then added it to my database by right-clicking in whitespace when in the table/set tab of the control panel. When I tried to open it I got an error about a memo went back and copied my .fpt file that corresponded and then I was able to open the table....sounds like a lot of work but took less than a minute to do.
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            It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
            Henry David Thoreau


            • #7
              Re: Editing 40 posting field rules?

              Thanks. I did get the file to open up and I see entries for fields that have rules but not the actual rules themselves. So I opened the DDM file with notepad and it seems to have the rules but is not a DBF formatted file.

              I found that you can cut and paste posting rules one by one in the rule editor so I created a spreadsheet that has the rules I want and now all I have to do is start cutting and pasting which is acceptable.


              • #8
                Re: Editing 40 posting field rules?

                Ok. That was rather unpleasant and took two hours. They need a better editor for field rules. I mean if you are going to tout some feature as powerful, you might as well take it to the next level and make it so people can use it? Anyhow, where was I?