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Setting Dynamic Path to Crystal Reports - RDC - VB

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I want to set the database path of crystal reports dynamically at run time and refresh the data based on the dsn connection.

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I have to use multiple databases in a project. Back end is MSAccess and Front End VB. The connection to the database is done using ODBC automatic dsn code. The reports are desinged

using CRViewer(RDC). The structure of all the databases are identical and only the stored data is different (For example sale details of current year in a database and the previous financial year in another database and so on.)

In the application, the connection to the particular database is done by selecting the available database and then making a dsn connectoin to the selected database at run time (using automatic dsn code).

Thus When the database path is changed dynamically, the new set of data from the latest database connection is to be refreshed in the crystal report. How can this be achieved?

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Brendt Hess earned 2000 total points
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In CR, an ODBC connection is more difficult to change than many.  The method that I know of is:

Get the report tables
    Set CRXTables = CRXReport.Database.Tables  

Get the individual tables
    Set CRXTable = CRXTables.Item(1)

Finally, set the location of the .mdb file.
    CRXTable.SetLogOnInfo <ODBC_DSN>, <databasename>, <userid>, <password>

You may need to do this for all subreports as well separately (I don't use DSNs on a regular basis, so I don't know for sure)

If you are trying to make a DSNless connection, I would use ADO instead.
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Agree with bhess1.

Another thing is make certain the reports are saved with data.

Open a report
Click FILE
Ensure SAVE DATA WITH REPORT is not checked.

You can also add a line like

crRpt.DiscardSavedData to your application.

mlmcc
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