Preformatted Report File

Posted on 2013-11-14
Last Modified: 2013-11-20
Hello All,
I have a proc whose final result is from the below query:

select REPLICATE(' ',26)+ 
REPLICATE(' ',9 - LEN(residentnumber)) + 
+ REPLICATE(' ',29)+ 
TransactionID+ REPLICATE(' ',16-LEN(TransactionID)) + REPLICATE(' ',30)
+ cast(Quantity as varchar)
+REPLICATE(' ',12-LEN (Quantity))
+ cast(sum(UnitPrice) as varchar) + REPLICATE(' ',12-LEN (sum(UNITPRICE))) + 
REPLICATE(' ',13) 
 from @t group by ResidentNumber,TransactionID,date,Quantity

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Is there a way in crystal that instead of returning a formatted data from the query, I return the raw data and add those spacing on the report.
Please let me know.
Question by:Star79
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Expert Comment

ID: 39648343
What are you trying to do?

In Crystal you can use Left and Right (depending on where the padding is) to get what you want.

For instance
This converts the residentnumber to a string and adds spaces to the left.

Right(Space(9) & CStr({residentnumber},0,""), 9)

To add trailing spaces

Left(CStr({residentnumber},0,"") & Space(9) , 9)

There are problems with Crystal if you are trying to export this to a fixed format.  Crystal tends to strip the leading and trailing spaces from the export.


Author Comment

ID: 39648435
hello mlmcc,
I have used the same query to return the data and exported the report to text file.I have attached the text file, but I see a char 'o' in the first line and again couple of lines below appearing 5 times at the beginning of a line in the file. Not sure how is that coming.If i could remove that  char, the file is all set for production.Please help.
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Expert Comment

ID: 39648755
What is the query you are using for the report?

What formula are you using to show the fields on the report?

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Author Comment

ID: 39649013
the query that iam using is in the original post
and Iam not using any formula. Just dropped the concatenated resultset into the report and exported it to text file.
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Expert Comment

ID: 39649453
Your query must be adding it for some reason.  Crystal wouldn't add it.  WHen I viewed the text file it showed a weird character at the start and between some records.


Author Comment

ID: 39649485
Yes mlmcc , thats what iam trying to get rid of.

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Star79 earned 0 total points
ID: 39649597
thank you.I was able to get rid of the character.
When doing the export to excel I had enter 0 for Do not paginate option and it removed the special char.
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Expert Comment

ID: 39650187
I suspected the special character was a new page but didn't know how to get rid of it.

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Expert Comment

ID: 39650823
FWIW, the character wasn't actually an 'o' (the letter).  It was a small rectangle.  I didn't check, but it was presumably a Form Feed, which you will get in an exported text file if CR tries to add page breaks.

 If that was your only problem, then I guess you can accept your own post as the solution.


Author Closing Comment

ID: 39662014
my answer gives the solution for the problem

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