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    how does the trace window work? how do you tarce an event? i have an import that will not work because of invalid field name. There are close to 100 fields. I am sure the trace window can tell me which one is invalid, I just can't figure out how to trac an event.


  • #2
    RE: trace window

    I think the message you are getting is bogus. I also need to import a file with more than 100 fields and I get the same error. I suspc the reason is "too many fields", rather than an invalid field name.

    I'm going to try Alpha 6 and see if the same problem happens as I need to get this info imported ASAP.


    • #3
      RE: trace window

      The trace window is accessible from the 'View' menu. It will show you some types of errors that have occurred. If you want to manually write to it, you can use the function trace.writeln().
      Aaron Brown
      Alpha Software Development Team


      • #4
        RE: trace window


        I've normally been able to find problems with imports by opening them in design mode and using the down arrow key to move through row by row of field names.

        It'll stop on a row with a problem.
        Al Buchholz
        Bookwood Systems, LTD
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        Occam's Razor - KISS
        Normalize till it hurts - De-normalize till it works.
        Advice offered and questions asked in the spirit of learning how to fish is better than someone giving you a fish.
        When we triage a problem it is much easier to read sample systems than to read a mind.


        • #5
          RE: trace window

          Open your database; go to control panel.

          choose View from top menu
          Choose Trace window.
          Check the box that says "Trace events"

          Fieldnames must meet DBF format standards.

          If your source is an EXCEL file, try exporting to a DBF file first. You should be able to Append the new DBF.

          -- t


          • #6
            RE: trace window

            Dale, the DBF format used by both v5 and v6 allows for 1,023 fields in your table. Unless you have more than that, the error about an invalid field name is probably accurate.


            Lenny Forziati
            Vice President, Internet Products and Technical Services
            Alpha Software Corporation


            • #7
              RE: trace window

              I've done that - moved through all fields in design mode and I encounter no errors - this is very frustrating as Alpha won't tell which field name is the problem...


              • #8
                RE: trace window

                The down arrow method didn't work. What did work was setting the "import" option to No and then going through and changing a group of fields at a time to "yes" then testing the import. That enabled me to narrow things down to the one bugger.

                The .csv files I was given came from a system with little to no data integrety rules, unfortunately. I definately need Alpha's operation capabilities to whip the data into shape for final processing. Trying to do this in another DB product leaves me with chills... ;-)

                Thanks for the lead - some of my sanity has been restored...