2 Replies Latest reply on Jan 11, 2012 4:41 PM by philmodjunk

    using MySQL fields

    ShelleyM

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      using MySQL fields

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      Hi,

      I posted a couple of days ago but haven't heard anything, so I thought I'd try again!

      I am using FM 11.  I have a shadow table in my database and I am using one of those fields in one of my layouts.  I need to use this same field in a portal on another layout in the form of a drop down list (I want to use it as the value list for the drop down).  This does not work because the external field cannot be indexed.  I created a calculation field where it equals the field from the shadow table.  This also does not work.  Is there a way to do this?

      Thanks! 

        • 1. Re: using MySQL fields
          Sorbsbuster

          "I created a calculation field where it equals the field from the shadow table"

          Doesn't answer your question, but once a field cannot be indexed, everything downstream of it cannot be indexed either.

          • 2. Re: using MySQL fields
            philmodjunk

            You may have to import this data from the external table into a local table in order to use it as a value source for your value list. I realize that that option may create new problems for you even as it solves the value list issue.

            An alternative might be to use a portal to the shadow table as a "click list" of values. This can even be a filtered portal to reduce the number of values shown. You format the field or fields in the portal as a button and use a script to enter the data from the portal row thus clicked.