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using ADD() with dBaseIV - help needed

using ADD() with dBaseIV - help needed

using ADD() with dBaseIV - help needed

i need to add records to data files of Cougar Mountain Software (CMS) Accounting for Windows.

i imported a dBaseIV file into a Clarion dictionary. i wrote a procedure that:
opens the file using Open(filename,ReadWrite+DenyAll)
packs the file using Pack(filename)
adds records to the file using Add(filename)
closes the file using Close(filename)

no errors were posted.
when browsing the file with my program, i can see the added records in the browse, but when i browse the file with CMS, the records don't show. i've made sure that it isn't a range limit problem in CMS. the records were primed with values similar to existing records added by CMS.

i know that records won't show when dBase marks them deleted. i suspect that this might be the problem but i need confirmation before seeking a solution. i don't have a lot of experience with dBase, so, anything can be wrong.


RE: using ADD() with dBaseIV - help needed

Your problem is that you only import the file definition and not the indexes the cms uses.

You see the records in a browse, but when cms asks the keys (from cms) a limited result set is returned....

You have to import de keys in you definition, so that if you add to the file, the keys are updates as well.

Maurice H.

RE: using ADD() with dBaseIV - help needed

Here is the CMS file declaration imported in Clarion:

APTIMEMO                    MEMO(10),NAME('APTIMEMO')
Record                   RECORD,PRE()
APTITRNUM                   REAL,NAME('APTITRNUM=N(5.0)')
APTIVENDOR                  STRING(20)
APTIINVOIC                  STRING(15)
APTICHECKN                  STRING(15)
APTIPONUM                   STRING(20)
APTIDES                     STRING(30)
APTIADDR1                   STRING(35)
APTIADDR2                   STRING(35)
APTIADDR3                   STRING(35)
APTIADDR4                   STRING(35)
APTIPAID                    REAL,NAME('APTIPAID=N(1.0)')
APTIIMMED                   REAL,NAME('APTIIMMED=N(1.0)')
APTIDUECTL                  REAL,NAME('APTIDUECTL=N(1.0)')
APTIDUEDAY                  REAL,NAME('APTIDUEDAY=N(3.0)')
APTIDISCTL                  REAL,NAME('APTIDISCTL=N(1.0)')
APTIDISDAY                  REAL,NAME('APTIDISDAY=N(3.0)')
APTIPLINES                  REAL,NAME('APTIPLINES=N(3.0)')
APTIRLINES                  REAL,NAME('APTIRLINES=N(3.0)')
APTILINES                   REAL,NAME('APTILINES=N(3.0)')
APTICHECK                   REAL,NAME('APTICHECK=N(1.0)')
APTISTATUS                  REAL,NAME('APTISTATUS=N(3.0)')
APTIINDATE                  DATE
APTIDUDATE                  DATE
APTIDSDATE                  DATE
APTICHDATE                  DATE
APTIGLDATE                  DATE
APTIDISC                    REAL,NAME('APTIDISC=N(17.4)')
APTICONV                    REAL,NAME('APTICONV=N(14.6)')
APTIPAMT                    REAL,NAME('APTIPAMT=N(15.2)')
APTIRAMT                    REAL,NAME('APTIRAMT=N(15.2)')
APTILAMT                    REAL,NAME('APTILAMT=N(15.2)')
APTIPETTY                   REAL,NAME('APTIPETTY=N(1.0)')
APTIFLAG                    REAL,NAME('APTIFLAG=N(1.0)')
APTIBANK                    STRING(3)
APTICASH                    STRING(30)
APTIRECUR                   STRING(6)
APTINAME                    STRING(35)
APTIDISCF                   REAL,NAME('APTIDISCF=N(1.0)')
APTICODE                    STRING(6)
APTIEFT                     REAL,NAME('APTIEFT=N(1.0)')
APTIEFTACT                  STRING(3)

Now that you mention that, I can see how the problem might occur even though my file declaration has keys in it.
The NAME attribute of the keys - I have discovered that the '___' at the end of the filenames (in key and data files) are substituted with the batch number in which these records are generated. For example, records in batch 'AAA' will be stored in file 'BFPAIAAA.dbf' and the keys will be stored in 'BFPAIAAA.mdx'. The file declaration states that the keys are located in 'BFPAI___.mdx' and even though this file might be updated, CMS will never know about this update unless it is done to 'BFPAIAAA.mdx'.

So, I think that the key also needs a path variable in it's NAME attribute, this must be primed before opening the file in order to update the right key file.

Am I right?

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