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  • Query Problem

    I have created a database listing the volumes in my library (author, title, pub date, edition, etc). When I try to do a multiple sort I get the following message:

    Script: UI_DLG_BOX: Custom Sort: line 30
    Get_base_filter (vl)
    Volume: tables; title not found

    Obviously I've done something wrong but have no idea what. Any help will be greatly appreciated - Thanks - Jack

  • #2
    RE: Query Problem


    Perhaps if you show us the details of how you're doing the query... especially the specific filter expression, maybe we can help. Details on the table or set structure relevant to the query is necessary, too. Plus, context information... i.e. where the query is running.

    By the time you get it documented to the point where we can understand what you're doing, you might think it would have been easier to just upload a working model of the database, and most of us would agree. Why not attach a working model and show us where to look for the problem ?

    -- tom


    • #3
      RE: Query Problem

      Thank you very much for your response Tom. I would be happy to upload my database, if that is what you meant. I have never done that before and am not sure how to do it.


      • #4
        RE: Query Problem


        Click the Reply button to reply to a message in this thread. Click the link 'what files must I send?' (It's adjacent to the 'attach file' option you will use to post the database here) Follow the instructions.

        -- tom


        • #5
          RE: Query Problem

          Hi, Tom: Thank you for your time and interest in my problem. I appreciate it. First off, I downloaded WinZip and as I went through the process to zip the necessary files I noticed something that might be causing my problem. I created a database l called "literature" containing biographical data. I then created the "volume" database that was giving me the problem. However, the volume databasae was located in the "literature" folder and there were no >dbf files associated with the volume database. And the field "title" is not in the "literature" database, only in the volume database. And since the query indicated that it could not find "title", I aussume it was looking in the "literature" database although I'm not sure why. Does this mean anything to you and could it be the source of my problem?


          • #6
            RE: Query Problem


            In its effort to be helpful, Alpha Five will permit you to add tables to a database that are located in any number of folders on your machine. This almost NEVER a good thing. The recommended approach is to put the tables in the folder where the database is created, and then 'add' them to the database from there.

            To see 'which' tables your database is using change the View on the Tables / Sets tab of the control panel to 'details'. (Right click open space on the Tables / Sets tab, choose view, then details.)

            -- tom


            • #7
              RE: Query Problem

              Hi, Tom: OK here's what I have after following your suggest:

              When I open up my "volume" form this is the diagram:


              When I open up my "biodata" form this is the diagram:


              Is this not the way it should work?


              • #8
                RE: Query Problem

                Jack, I was talking tables, you're talking forms, why ?

                -- tom


                • #9
                  RE: Query Problem

                  Hi, tom: The tables are title and bio. I was trying to show where they were located. Perhaps I missed what you were trying to tell me. If so, I apologize.


                  • #10
                    RE: Query Problem

                    I'm wondering if I should not have put the "title" table under "literature"