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Use of the SKIP command

Use of the SKIP command

Use of the SKIP command

I have a Legacy app with a report that reads both a parent and related child file. The two files are linked using the persons Number.
ie. Parent file: Name, Number
Child file (phone no.): Name, Number, Home, Work, Mobile

I want to conditionally SKIP Phone file (child) records. The problem is one Parent record may only be related to just a Home number (=1 phone file record) and another Parent record may have Home, Work & Mobile (=3 Phone related records).

So if I use SKIP(Phones,1) for the child phones file with 3 related records it still reports the remaining two.

If I use SKIP(Phone,3) it appears to work fine but is it problem to SKIP 3 records when for example there may only be one to skip in the phones file?

The Clarion help appears to assume the number of records to SKIP is constant where as mine vary.

So I guess my question is, is it safe to use SKIP(Phones, X) where X could be a greater number than the records to SKIP?


RE: Use of the SKIP command


SKIP is a leftover from CPD and ideally should not be used. In your case, you have no idea as to the no of Child records and so the best options if to use a LOOP i.e.


   IF ERRORCODE() OR Child.Number <> Parent.Number THEN BREAK.

Since I am totally forgotten Legacy, does a Legacy report use a VIEW?


RE: Use of the SKIP command

Hi ShankarJ

I was concerned about using SKIP at all so you have answered my question, thank you.

I have had a look at VIEW in the help file but am unsure about its use with legacy.

I have the Phones file on the table schematic which I will remove and manually OPEN, LOOP, CLOSE using embeded code when conditionally required as you have suggested.



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