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    I have tried to Append, Copy, Post and even Summarize an ODBC table of mine, but to NOW AVAIL.

    I have managed to get it added to the tables list.
    I have queryed it in the default browse view.
    The table in question is 68,000 records big.

    I have been able to do multiple functions on some of my other tables (ODBC as well) that are only 1000 records.

    (the AIX server is running Informix and I have set up ODBC)

    I purchased A5 v4.5 266 because I have used other Alpha
    products and I thought it would be a breeze because it can do ODBC.

    THe product I was using is COGNOS that uses the same ODBC setup to make reports and such. It didn't seem to have a problem with that table. Unfortunately, COGNOS is limited in other ways. This is why I purchased A5.

    I thought Alpha V version 4.5 266 did not have a record size limit? Does it have a limit when it is referring to ODBC tables? By the way my computer is:

    AMD 1.4 Ghz 512mb,ecc ram, 40 Gig HD, etc., etc.
    (in case the computing power is in question)

    Is there a patch for this? I am useing the latest and greatest, as far as I know.....

    Has anyone else had problems using ODBC tables?

    THANKS in ADVANCE !!!!

    I know someone will come up with a fix or workaround.
    There are some really smart people on these boards.
    I gathered this from the messages I have read trying to find out the answer to this problem. Before I posted!

    If anybody wants help with making a Linux Samba Primary Domain Controller that does Roaming Profiles let me know.
    We set ours up AND IT WORKS much better than that stinking
    NTSERVER! Much faster too!

    RE: ODBC

    Record quantity is not the problem. I perform the operations you describe on Oracle tables containing 2 million plus records.

    Are you getting an error message? Are you coding the operation or using the genie?

    Are you posting, etc. to the ODBC linked table or from the table? If posting to the table have you triple checked the permissions?
    There can be only one.


      RE: ODBC


      Even though Alpha supports ODBC connections, it doesn't do it all that well. In some cases you can get good results hooking up to one database (e.g. Oracle) while getting absolutely nowhere with a back end such as SQL server.

      Part of it is due to ODBC limitations (e.g. not handling long file names in some file formats), while in others, such as SQL Server, the change in field-data types and the database's new (as of 3-4 years ago) unicode support won't jibe with Alpha's connection technology.

      If you were primarily looking to Alpha Five as a front end tool to connect with your back end database, keep looking. Unfortunately, Apha can't help you much in this regard; although word is that this shortcoming will be corrected in a future version.

      Best regards,

      Geoff Hollander


        RE: ODBC

        Using the genie.....

        Maybe that is where I am having a problem?

        Hopefully the new Ver 5 will fix my problems.

        I checked the violation.dbf, but nothing is in there.

        (I made my own work around...)

        (I ram Excel (I HATE M$) and used their M$ Query tool,
        made a dbf from that, then I am able to manipulate to my hearts content.)

        Did I mention I don't want to depend on M$?

        The posting was from the informix table to another table.

        Have you tried running Alpha V 4.5 in Wine under Linux?

        I'm going to try soon.

        THanks for your help.


          RE: ODBC

          Do you have any NEWS as to when A5 V5 will be released?

          I did purchase A5 for just this problem, though.

          I figure, if I can create these wonderful reports & then purchase the A5 Unlimited runtime, I can install the App on all of my clients.

          BTW have you tried other databases other than M$SQL, Informix or Oracle?

          I am thinking along the lines of PostGres, MySql, etc.

          Thanks for your reply!

          Have a great day!