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How to fill data field automatically existing tabl

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  • How to fill data field automatically existing tabl

    I have an existing Alpha 5 table that I would like to add a numeric field to which would contain the record/ID number. Once I add this field and then set the field rule to be autoincrementing is there any way to have Alpha5 automatically fill in the data in this field for all the currently existing records starting at one and numbering through all the records?

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    RE: How to fill data field automatically existing

    You are looking for what is termed by Alpha, an update operation, assigning serial values to a numeric field. If you investigate the operations genie/wizard you will find this is a built in "function".

    Please post further if you have problems defining the update, once you have added the field.
    There can be only one.

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      RE: How to fill data field automatically existing

      Jerry, I think you would want to restructure your table to add the new field, then do the update to fill it with values, then activate the autoincrement field rule.

      I'm not sure Alpha Five will let you change values in the new field while the autoincrement field rule is in effect.

      You may want to reconsider your design. The acual record number for any particular record is a dynamic thing. If your user deletes a record, and then packs the table, the actual record number for each succeeding record changes. Your field value will not. This probably ok, but if you were expecting the actual record number to remain fixed for the life of the table I wanted to alert to the probability that it will not.

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        RE: How to fill data field automatically existing

        Jerry,
        Run a simple update RC_ID = recno([c table]).
        Then set the field rules to autoincrement.
        Bob

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          RE: How to fill data field automatically existing

          Thanks everyone that worked great.

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