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

Colin Roberts colin at bestdoors.co.nz
Tue Apr 25 20:36:23 CEST 2017

Hi Tim,

If I understand correctly I sorta have been doing this for a while (I think)
Current OS is Windows Server 2003 but we had NT with Citrix overlay prior 
and this format DPspool report also worked on NT.

Each user has their own file for DPSpool output
path is: C:\Documents and Settings\"username"\dpspool\printdoc (Users 
Dpspool folder only has printdoc in it)
so example top of report"

--------------------Prompt for Value of Report Variable 
249 ------------------
--------------------Store Value in Report Variable 
250 -----------------------
--------------------Turn File 
--------------------Begin Writing to Filename in Report Variable 
250 --------
--------------------Turn File 

RV249 prompts for user initials which is "username"
RV 250 is an adaptation of your suggested RV250

    apply.format["G999";today - date[1;1;year[today]] + 1]

Maybe I'm missing something but maybe replacing




could achieve what you want.
(This is of course the servers' user desktop not the client user desktop 
which maybe a different story)

A few maybes there, but hopefully something you can possibly work with.


Colin Roberts

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tim Rude" <timrude at hotmail.com>
To: <dataperf at dataperfect.nl>
Sent: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 9:50 AM
Subject: [Dataperf] DP-created text file on user's desktop

>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
> defined.
> 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 ---
>     cat.t[user.field[0];"\Desktop\output.txt"]
> ---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
> file:
> 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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