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Posted on 2014-02-11
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Hello experts,

I am having a problem where the Master Report has a Parameter where no data is returned from a sub report... The Master Report itself does not pick up data (which there is none), but data should come up in the subreport...How do I script this... The subreport link is this
 {Command.Job} = {?Pm-Command.Job}.

Thank you in advance
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Question by:Mikeyman_01
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by:Kurt Reinhardt
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If there's no data in the main report then there's nothing to link the subreport to.  Basically, the subreport isn't receiving a parameter, so it's returning nothing.  That's how it works.
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by:Mikeyman_01
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I realize that the Master has no data...but wasnt sure if there was some formula that might work
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by:Kurt Reinhardt
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There's not.  The only way to get around this would be to remove the link and use the subreport as a standalone, but this would mean you'd have to either manually input a job parameter or code the subreport to pull data based on business rules.
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Does the main report have a Job parameter?
If so you could link to the subreport on it rather than the field the report has.

mlmcc
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by:Kurt Reinhardt
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I would only support this as a solution if the parameter is built into the command itself, not outside of it in Crystal Reports?  Why?  Because a parameter built outside of the command won't be passed to the database for processing.  As a matter of best practices for efficiency and optimization, the parameter needs to be inside the command.

So, while this may "work" (like a lot of things you can do in Crystal Reports), whether you "should" do it comes with caveats.

I also question report design where there's no data for the command in the main report, but data is expected in a subreport.  For linked subreports, the purpose of the linked sub is that it's a subset of data related to the main.  Think header data for the main and detail data for the sub.  Generally speaking, I would only expect to see data in subs with no data in the main for dashboard style reports where there's no actual data source in the main report.  The exception would be if there was a data source in the main where the sole purpose of it was to generate  a dynamic list of values that were to be passed into the subreport(s).

For the sake of others who may search for similar issues, I'd personally like to see more detail for the report design and why the solution worked for it.
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