add contactID as an unstored calc in the problem file
then use that to add a relation back to contacts
> this customer contact file would be considered 2 files away... even though it is linked directly via a fk_contactID and pk_contactID to the orderfile
the relation back to the contact file works just fine... going over to the customer file to pick up the ID and filling it in manually results in the contact being displayed...
however - it is the NOT populating valuelist that is given me a headache...
debugging value lists based on a relation hasn't changed that much
show the values in a portal, so you can play with the Key fields
perhaps the key fields are not the same Type, or have a trailing space ( if text ), or are not indexed
it's usually something dumb
> the relation back to the contact file works just fine