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"A month number must be between 1 and 12" error in formula

Posted on 2008-10-27
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I've created a report that will run for the last twelve months based on the current date (a rolling 12 month report).

I'd like to make some corresponding labels for the month values.  I was using this:
monthname (Month (CurrentDate), True)
monthname (Month (CurrentDate) - 1, True)
etc.

and it was working great until I got to month - 10.  Then I got this error:

A month number must be between 1 and 12


Any ideas?  Is there another way to accomplish my goal?  Also, I have to keep the labels short for space consideration which is why I need "Oct" instead of "October".

Thanks in advance,

Steve
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for previous months..
monthname (Month (dateadd("m",-1, CurrentDate) , True)
monthname (Month (dateadd("m",-2, CurrentDate) , True)
etc
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by:wykabryan
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Peter is correct.

The problem that you are running into with taking a month minus 1 is that month is a number not a date, so 1-1 = 0 but Crystal then tries to reapply date functionality to it and errors cause there is no 0 month. I stress this to all of my developers, anytime you are doing a date modification use the dateadd function. It will prevent many issues down the road.
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by:mlmcc
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I agree.  Good explanation.

It also solves the year issue.

mlmcc
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by:SStroz
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peter57r,

When I try:
monthname (Month (dateadd("m",-10, CurrentDate) , True)

I get an error that "the ) is missing".  If I add a ")" at the end of the statement I get an error that Too many arguments have been given to this function.

What am I missing?

Steve
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by:mlmcc
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Put it after CurrentDate

monthname (Month (dateadd("m",-10, CurrentDate) ), True)

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