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  • BDennis
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    RE: Problem entering to a set

    Trying again,
    Brian

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  • BDennis
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    RE: Problem entering to a set

    Trying again,
    Brian

    Leave a comment:


  • BDennis
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    RE: Problem entering to a set

    Trying again,
    Brian

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  • BDennis
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    RE: Problem entering to a set

    Tom,
    Thanks, will sort out the zipping

    Brian

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  • Tom Cone Jr
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    RE: Problem entering to a set

    Brian,

    I don't recall any prohibition against using the same field in two different link definitions in a set design.

    -- tom

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  • BDennis
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    RE: Problem entering to a set

    Tom,
    Thanks for the advice, I�ll try it tomorrow.

    Just had a thought, is it possible to use the same linking field in the parent for 2 child tables? If not, that is my problem.

    Brian.

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  • Tom Cone Jr
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    RE: Problem entering to a set


    Brian,

    There's a 1 megabyte filesize limit for your zip file. If it's larger than 1 MB you cannot attach it, and you must trim it down. This can often be done by deleting a bunch of records.

    If your filesize is ok, then you just need to check the 'Attach File' checkbox at the end of the message dialog box, before pressing the Send Message button; then you browse to the location of your zip file and select it; then wait for the upload, and press Continue to return to the message board. This last step is essential.

    -- tom

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  • BDennis
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    RE: Problem entering to a set

    Trying again

    I have the app in a zip file, but can�t get to attach the zip file to the message. Any help will be appreciated

    Brian.

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  • BDennis
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    RE: Problem entering to a set

    Trying again

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  • BDennis
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    RE: Problem entering to a set

    Trying again
    Brian

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  • BDennis
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    RE: Problem entering to a set

    Trying again
    Brian

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  • BDennis
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    RE: Problem entering to a set

    Tom,
    Thanks for your patience, I hope the attached works

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  • Tom Cone Jr
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    RE: Problem entering to a set

    No problem.

    A good practice is to copy your zip file to another folder, unzip it there, and then see if you can run your database from the new location. If you can't do it there, we can't do it on our machines, either. (Just remember to delete the extra copy this creates on your machine once you've verified it's working ok)

    -- tom

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  • BDennis
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    RE: Problem entering to a set

    Tom,
    Thanks for your time, I'll get back after I have sorted out the files into a folder. I obviously need practise at zipping, etc.

    Thanks again,

    Brian.

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  • Tom Cone Jr
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    RE: Problem entering to a set

    Brian,

    we need to return to square one.

    In Alpha Five your database consists of the entire collection of files required to run the application.

    Please dig out your user's guide and refer to the glossary, because the terminology here is easy to confuse.

    You sent the ADB file, with your last message. The ADB file, by itself is useless.

    The ADB file is not the database. It's just one of the database dictionary files.

    Now refer to Appendix 3 of the User's Guide. These are the files which make up a database. A complete database inclues all files which end in the following extensions:

    DBF
    CDX
    FPT
    DDD
    DDM
    DDX

    Plus your single ADB, ALB, ALM, and ALX files.

    AND if you've defined any sets it also includes all the files that end in extensions:

    SET
    SEM
    SEX

    All of these should be in a single folder. Then you can easily zip them all into a single Zip file and attach it to a message here.

    Until this occurs, we cannot recreate your database on our own systems.

    I'd like to help but cannot.

    -- tom

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