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  • Reports Only Print when all menus closed

    Some of my reports that have "onrecord" append and update operations only work correctly when all menus are closed and the report is executed from the control panel. Anybody know what the cause and solution is for this.

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    Re: Reports Only Print when all menus closed

    reports that have "onrecord" append and update operations
    I've no experience with this. Will you elaborate?
    There can be only one.


    • #3
      Re: Reports Only Print when all menus closed

      Hi Stan,

      I have created a system that automates the sending of parking violation letters for an HOA. I used the Create Report option to design my letter so that it would be easier to reference the actual violations.

      If you right click on a report, select Design. At the top of the screen you have a Report drop-down. I go to Section Events. My report has a section called prop_street_addr. Each change in property street address triggers a new letter. On this section event you can define onrecord events. When I am on the record I do an append operation to a letter history table that records the date the letter was sent, the type of infraction, and the letter level they were on when the letter printed (Courtesy, Violation, Final Notice, Call to Hearing).

      I also do a second update event that increments the letter level by 1.

      If I run this report print operation from the menus the update operation fails telling me that the table to be updated (owners) is already in use. I have to close all menus and run from the control panel, then I don't get an error. Hope that detail helps.


      • #4
        Re: Reports Only Print when all menus closed

        Clearer even though I'm not certain what

        run this report print operation from the menus

        Do you have a menu form? If so, on what table is the menu form based. Most would create a "dummy" table used for nothing other than creating forms to hold such menus/buttons. In this way the table needed for the operation (append, update) is not being used by the form.

        Since you can run your report from the control panel, I assume this is the issue. I have never run a saved operation from the report events. While it is working for you, the more common approach would be to script the entry of the new record in the history table and script the changing of the letter level. Those scripts shouldn't run in to the usage conflict.

        If you want some help with that approach, let me know.
        There can be only one.


        • #5
          Re: Reports Only Print when all menus closed

          I do indeed have a menu form.

          You solved my problem for me.

          It never occurred to me to have all my menu forms run against a "dummy" table. I created a single field dummy table with zero records and copied my menu forms to it. Problem solved.

          Right now I still do everything with action scripting. I know that I will be able to tap into a lot more power using xbasic, but my focus for the businesses I'm supporting is to get the data out of 1000's of excel spreadsheets, each with 60 tabs and into a real relational database.