5 Replies Latest reply on Mar 23, 2016 9:31 AM by sudha

    Date field in Filemaker


      Hi all,


      I am currently working on data migration from Filemaker database file.

      There is a date field where in for one record ? is stored and the rest of all the records stores date.


      Can you advise me how does the date field stores question mark and how the data can be retrived.



        • 1. Re: Date field in Filemaker

          A "?" in a date field typically means non-date data have been stored there (something that doesn't pass type validation). You can sometimes see what's there by clicking in the field so it expands. But if it's bad data, there shouldn't be a need to recover it; just null it out.

          • 2. Re: Date field in Filemaker

            there are several reasons for a field to show "?" instead of the data desired.


            • field size is too small to display (numbers, dates, time)

            • the data is not valid for the type (this can happen when importing data, for example)

            • if the field is a calculation, the result may be "?" because of some error

            • the record may be corrupt in some way (deleting and recreating may help)


            how to check:


            • click INTO the field, if you see more of the data, then the size is likely the problem

            • or you may see the invalid data (by type)

            • select all in the field and copy, pasting into any text editor to verify what data may be there

            • export the single record as .csv and open with text editor or Excel to see what is in that field


            then let us know what you discover


            • 3. Re: Date field in Filemaker

              Hi Beverly,


              I have clicked into the field, expanded the fields size and exported the data into .csv and opened in excel. For all the cases, the data for that particular record appears to be ?



              • 4. Re: Date field in Filemaker

                Then I would say it may be a corrupt field or record. If clearing & re-entering the field does not work, delete the record and re-enter the entire record.


                • 5. Re: Date field in Filemaker

                  Thanks Beverly