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  • What gives?

    Not being a programmer, I have tried to use the Recorder with no luck.

    Specifically, I was trying to automate the pack command. Tried the Recorder from the Control Panel as well as the Button Genie.

    I am sure it works, but just not for me!

  • #2
    RE: What gives?

    James:

    The script recorder output always reflects

    a_tbl = table.current()

    When you place this on a button, you must define a table to open and work with.

    Hence replace a_tbl = table.current()

    with:

    a_tbl = table.open("name_of_table.dbf")

    a_tbl is now a pointer to that table.

    when you are finished with a_tbl, you should close it with

    a_tbl.close()

    If you open other tables, use a different pointer name, say, b_tbl or some other unique reference. You need to change all references in the code from the script recorder from a_tbl to, say, b_tbl.

    Hope this helps...

    Craig

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    • #3
      RE: What gives?

      Thanks for the reply. I cannot get any output. After carefully following the instructions, absolutely nothing happens. I even tried to record a simple "close" expression.

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      • #4
        RE: What gives?

        James:

        Hold the phone. Maybe we're talking apples and oranges here.

        Are you talking about the "record" radio button genie that pops up when you create a new button? This is a very limited recorder for local use only. I don't think it will record outside the form you are working on. Keep in mind that a pack requires exclusive use of the table you are packing, so any button on a form must be on a form from a separate table.

        Here's how I would do this:

        WORKING ON A BACKUP OR DEVELOPMENT COPY (Remember that Version 4 must actually perform an operation to show the code, so a pack WILL BE performed... Version 5 is a breakthrough in that you can view code without actually running an operation!)

        Go to the 'View' tab and select 'Script Recorder Window'

        Put a check mark in the 'Recording' box. Press the 'Clear' button to clear the script recorder window of any gobbly gook.

        Now, on the control panel, highlight the table you wish to pack (Make sure all associated forms, reports, browses, etc. are closed).

        Right click on the table and select the 'Pack' command. Click on the OK button. Click on the OK button again when the pack is complete.

        Three lines should now appear in the script window. They will look like those below.

        a_tbl = table.open( "invoice_hdr.dbf" , FILE_RW_EXCLUSIVE )
        a_tbl.pack()
        a_tbl.close()

        Now create a button and right click on it selecting 'Actions'. Erase whatever is on the 'OnPush' event and copy paste the three lines from the script window. Save your changes.

        There's your button...

        Craig

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        • #5
          RE: What gives?

          James
          Here is a simple script that packs a table.
          Just replace the XXXXXX with your table name.
          Charlie Crimmel

          t=table.open("xxxxxxxx.dbf")
          t.pack()
          sleep (5/10)
          statusbar.clear()
          statusbar.set_text("Updating Indexes")
          message.text = "Indexing xxxxxxxxx "
          sleep (5/10)
          t.update_production_index()
          statusbar.clear()
          message.text = " "

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