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paradox 7 table field limit?

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I have a program that builds a temporary paradox 7 table and I am getting a field count error.  The previous programmer had the error set to fire if the field count was greater than 127.  Right now I am at 183 with my new fields.  Is there a set limit for the amount of fields for a paradox 7 table?
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by:rfwoolf
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Not sure - but I'll do the typical moan about Paradox which let's face it, if I don't do it somebody else will...
Paradox is depricated. It's an old database that's full of issues and you should move away from it if at all possible.
You could use a TClientDataSet and store your table in a MyBase (XML format)
There is also AbsoluteDB which can help you replace the BDE.
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by:farminsure
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preaching to the choir..and we are, but right now I need something done in a few days and this isn't helping.  Not sure if a dataset will work for me actually..
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by:cyberkiwi
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Pretty sure it is 255
http://www.delphifaq.com/faq/delphi/database/f13.shtml

It is also a BDE limitation, which should match
http://www.delphigroups.info/1/12/23687.html
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by:cyberkiwi
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Even Paradox 4 supports 255 fields.
A good breakdown of Paradox and limitations (v4-7)

http://www.prestwoodboards.com/ASPSuite/kb/document_view.asp?qid=100060
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by:farminsure
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ok..Cyberkiwi..255 is in my code actually..here is the block of code that fires an edit...it was telling me my field is 183, over the 127..and then I build a TwwQBE

On the open of that twwqbe at the very end is when I get an error message about my field counts being out of wack.  I am not familiar with the qbe, do I need to add these new fields somewhere?  I have added fields in the past and never had this issue until now, but that is because I went over this preset 127..any ideas or thoughts is appreciated.


if (WorkFileFields.Lines.Count > 127) then
       
          begin
            MessageDlg('There are more than 255 fields (more than 127 selections) in the result set.'+#13+
           
             'This will cause an error.'+#13+
             'FieldCount is currently '+Inttostr(WorkFileFields.Lines.Count),
             mtWarning,[mbok],0);
            MessageDlg(WorkFileFields.Lines.Text,mtWarning,[mbok],0);
            WorkFileFields.Lines.SaveToFile('c:\x.txt');
          end;

  wwQBE1.QBE.Clear;

        wwQBE1.QBE.Add('Query');
        wwQBE1.QBE.Add('ANSWER: C:\TCWTMP\SBSPRO.DB');
        wwQBE1.QBE.Add(''); //REQUIRED

        QL := WorkTableName+' | ';
        for i := 0 to WorkFileFields.Lines.Count - 1 do
          begin
            QL := QL + QStrip('*',WorkFileFields.Lines[i]) + ' |';
          end;
        wwQBE1.QBE.Add(QL);

        QL := '| ';
        for i := 0 to WorkFileFields.Lines.Count - 1 do
          begin
            if Pos('*',WorkFileFields.Lines[i]) > 0 then
              CheckOrLink :=
                 'CheckPlus _'+Trim(Copy(WorkFileFields.Lines[i],1,Length(WorkFileFields.Lines[i])-1))+'!'
                 else
              CheckOrLink := 'CheckPlus';
            QL := QL + CheckOrLink + ' |';
          end;
        wwQBE1.QBE.Add(QL);

        wwQBE1.QBE.Add(''); //REQUIRED

        QL := OrigTableName+' | ';
        for i := 0 to WorkFileFields.Lines.Count - 1 do
          begin
            QL := QL + QStrip('*',WorkFileFields.Lines[i]) + ' |';
          end;
        wwQBE1.QBE.Add(QL);

        QL := '| ';
        for i := 0 to WorkFileFields.Lines.Count - 1 do
          begin

            if Pos('*',WorkFileFields.Lines[i]) > 0 then
              CheckOrLink :=
                 'CheckPlus _'+Trim(Copy(WorkFileFields.Lines[i],1,Length(WorkFileFields.Lines[i])-1))+'!'
                 else
              CheckOrLink := 'CheckPlus';

              //showmessage(
              //   UpperCase(Trim(qStrip('*',WorkFileFields.Lines[i])))
              //   );

            if UpperCase(Trim(qStrip('*',WorkFileFields.Lines[i]))) = 'POLICYNO' then
                CheckOrLink := CheckOrLink + ', '+ PolicyNoL.Caption else
            if UpperCase(Trim(qStrip('*',WorkFileFields.Lines[i]))) = 'MOD' then
                CheckOrLink := CheckOrLink + ', '+ ModL.Caption;

            QL := QL + CheckOrLink+ ' |';

          end;
        wwQBE1.QBE.Add(QL);

        wwQBE1.QBE.Add(''); //REQUIRED

        wwQBE1.QBE.Add('EndQuery');


        //if g_HexNo = 'WJQ' then
        //  begin
        //    if (UpperCase(WorkTableName) = 'W_LOCNHP.DB') then
        //      begin
        //        wwQBE1.QBE.SaveToFile('c:\x.qbe');
        //        Showmessage('WJQ: QBE saved to c:\x.qbe');
        //      end;
        //  end;

        if g_HexNo = 'WJQ' then wwQBE1.QBE.SaveToFile('c:\x.qbe');
        wwQBE1.Open;

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by:farminsure
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i can post the whole function if needed.
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by:cyberkiwi
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I think it is either an Infopower QBE limitation or QBE/other code is doing something to the base table that doubles the number of fields in some temp storage.
QBE (and Paradox) of course is quite dated so I don't have it around to play with.  I must have last seen it in Delphi 5.

It may be easier just to comment out or up the limit frm 127 to 255, which will reveal what it is actually intended to protect/prevent.
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by:farminsure
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Cyberkiwi, I actually bumped it up to 183 so it would skip that message but I get this these?? screenshot

and I am not sure why it is erroring on the table in the last message.
delphierror.doc
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cyberkiwi earned 500 total points
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The fact that it mentions 255/127

'There are more than 255 fields (more than 127 selections) in the result set.'

and the text of the error "could not calculate side-by-side"

seems to indicate that it is doing something to each base field by creating one for each, in a temp table.  127x2=254, so once you breach 127, that temp calculation breaks.  While your table 183 is fine, using it in QBE or downstream in your program is not.

Without refactoring/reengineering some part of it, I can't think of any quick fix.
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by:epasquier
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Number of fields per table : 255
here are all the limits for paradox

http://www.delphigroups.info/1/12/23687.html
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by:epasquier
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ouh, ok cyberwiki has been doing his homework ;o)
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