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    Running the documentor pgm on a table gives me an error - "tagname not found. occured in field_rule, at line 288".
    I have been through the rules a few times and can't see anything obvious.
    Indexes have been rebuilt but not deleted and compacting has been performed.

    Any ideas welcome!


    RE: Documentor


    I experienced the EXACT same error message. I, too, researched the field rules, but to no avail. Without access to the scripts, I was unable to isolate the issue.

    As I was using version 4.5 at the time, I dismissed it as an upgrade issue. However, since I had never really used the documentor with prior versions, my conclusion may have been wrong...

    I'll keep an eye on this thread, hoping Bill Parker might shed some light on the issue.

    Good Luck,



      RE: Documentor

      I have a table with 140 fields and have a problem with it. I thought the documentor would help me find my error. Unfortunately I am experiencing the same error message as you. I see your message posted in July with no answer or fix for the error message. I would hope for a response or support for the documentor program and would not consider upgrading if support is not available. I am running V4.5 - is that possibly the issue?

      Dick Blanchard


        RE: Documentor


        I'm not sure of the version issues with Documentor, but I'm still running 4.03 260.



          RE: Documentor

          Why don't you empty the table, zip it up, and attach it to a post so others can take a look?
          There can be only one.


            RE: Documentor

            Isn't Tag the same as index?? we know we have issues with indexes, so i suggest you check your indexes for missing. I have learned to keep indexe names short and no spaces.

            Dave Mason
            [email protected]
            Skype is dave.mason46


              RE: Documentor

              Make sure you are running the latest version of A5Doc - go to Bill Parkers website where he supplies updates. I am on my daughters computer at home where I am surronded by MP3 stuff and instant messaging boys or I would check it further...