[Dataperf] DP-created text file on user's desktop

Tim Rude timrude at hotmail.com
Tue Apr 25 05:51:21 CEST 2017

Yeah, I could do that, but I really want the destination to be the user's desktop. There's just one file that gets dropped there (but the content changes each time) and it needs to be on the desktop for ready access.

So far both of the approaches I described have worked, but neither is perfect, yet.

On April 24, 2017 9:14:16 PM CDT, Don Friedman <don at professionalrecords.com> wrote:
You lost me here, Tim. Over my pay grade. Couldn't you set up a network location to save the text files that would be common?

Don Friedman
ProfessionalRecords.Com LLC
PRS Data Systems
205 S Main Street
Pittsburgh, PA   15215
412-784-1615 Fax
412-400-3881 Cell/Text

On Mon, Apr 24, 2017 at 5:50 PM, Tim Rude <timrude at hotmail.com<mailto:timrude at hotmail.com>> wrote:
I need DP to be able to create a text file on the user's desktop. Sounds
simple enough, but the folder that actually appears as the desktop is
different for every user. For user TRR, the folder (on Win7) is
C:\Users\TRR\Desktop, but for user JoeBob the folder is
C:\Users\JoeBob\Desktop. I didn't see any way inside of DP to determine
the correct folder, and DP doesn't translate environment variables (so
asking DP to output to %USERPROFILE%\Desktop doesn't work).

I'm presently using the /SID=sessionID command line with DP. I always
the start the database from a batch file, so I made the command-line in
the batch file this:

     DP.EXE database.str /SID=%USERPROFILE%

Now inside my DP reports, I can access the passed SID value as
user.field[0]. This is valid even if the database has no UserID panel

So, to output a text file on the user's desktop, I configure the report
to initially output to C:\NUL. Then at the very beginning of the report
I have the following:

---Store Value in Report Variable 250 ---
---Turn File Off---
---Begin Writing to Filename in Report Variable 250 ---
---Turn File On---

This works fine as long as all parts of the desktop path fit the 8.3
specs. But for XP there are spaces in the %USERPROFILE% so it's a no-go
for XP. And if a username had spaces in it (is that allowed?) or was
longer than 8 chars, it won't work under any OS. Anybody know a quick
way to (inside a batch file) convert a long path to a short (8.3) one?

One other idea that I've floated around is to include this in the batch

subst /d Q: > nul
subst Q: "%userprofile%/Desktop"
DP.EXE database.str
subst /d Q: > nul

Then in my DP reports, I simply output to Q:\output.txt. That seems to
get around the 8.3 issues for DP nicely, but is a bit messier since its
effects aren't contained to the database (i.e. the user sees a drive Q:
in My Computer while the database is running, and what happens if the
user already has Q: mapped to something...).

One other thing of note is that the database does not run under Shell,
so no shell/macro-based solutions are viable.

Any better suggestions or ideas?

Tim Rude
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