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Crystal Report Time Frame Selection

Posted on 2013-12-26
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I have never stumbled across a need for something like this so I thought I'd ask you guys for some perspective and help.  I have built a report as requested but I'm having trouble figuring out how to make it run for the time frames requested.

The report needs to run from 8am the previous day up to 8am the current day, every day.  I am unsure even where to begin to state this or how to go about doing it.  I can somewhat picture the logic in my head, something along the lines of CurrentDate -1 or something similar but have no idea as to the proper syntax or placement.  If I were to just specify the dates it would look like the following:

12/25/2013 8:00:00am to 12/26//2013 7:59:59am

However, I need it to just run with no user input so I don't think providing input parameters would work in this situation.

To compound the issue I have to use a formula to correct the times that return because, for whatever reason, Crystal sees the data as several hours ahead of time.  I have fixed that issue but I have to now use that adjusted time frame as the selection criteria.

Any help you guys can offer would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!
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Crystal isn't seeing the datetime as several hours ahead, the database is probably storing them in GMT and they need to be adjusted when retrieved.

Try this

{yourDateTimeFIeld} >= DateTime(CurrentDate - 1, Time(8,0,0))
AND
{yourDateTimeFIeld} < DateTime(CurrentDate, Time(8,0,0))

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by:StrawsPulledAtRandom
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Any idea how I could go about adjusting that when received properly?  Right now I'm using a formula to do it in a separate field.
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by:vasto
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this will return yesterday 8:00 AM
DateAdd("h",8,CurrentDate -1)

in report sekection formula you can do something like

DateAdd("h",8,CurrentDate -1) <={table.field} AND {table.firld}<DateAdd("h",8,CurrentDate)

You need to correct the timezone information on the server. What is you database ?
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by:mlmcc
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Is it a standard difference?

If so just adjust the start and end times

For instance if you want to filter based on East Coast (US - 5 hours GMT) then use


{yourDateTimeFIeld} >= DateTime(CurrentDate - 1, Time(13,0,0))
AND
{yourDateTimeFIeld} < DateTime(CurrentDate, Time(13,0,0))


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by:Kurt Reinhardt
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Is this a report you're scheduling through Crystal Reports Server or BusinessObjects Enterprise\SAP BI?
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by:StrawsPulledAtRandom
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No, this is not using either the CR server or the BO/SAP server.
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Your formula worked right out of the box, no modification other than the variable change needed.  Thank you very much for your help.
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