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drew jensen wrote:
On Fri, 2012-05-25 at 19:02 -0700, Girvin R. Herr wrote:
drew jensen wrote:
Hi Tom

Really - you seem to know a lot, are you writing a manual?

@Girvin - there is no place that I've seen the report builder be that
slow and not have an installation problem - not saying it is impossible
but sounds really odd. 1500 records in a tabular report, 49 seconds is a
long time for that actually. There is one exception to that, graphics -
is your report including graphics stored in data fields?

On the other hand Calc, as has been pointed out, might be your preferred




Hello Drew,
I understand what you are saying, but I installed the LO 3.5.2 binary (RPM) packages from the LO website. I repackaged them for Slackware, but that does not change the 1s and 0s, just unpacks the RPMs and re-packages the files into a Slackware package for installation. Therefore, if there is an installation problem, it seems to be in the LO packages. Note that I am using the Report Builder bundled into LO, not the version from the extensions website. I do believe the newest is 1.2.1 rev 2, and the one in LO is still 1.0-something. I have not tried to replace the bundled version with the 1.2 version.

I could live with 49 _"seconds"_. However, it is taking 49 _minutes_ for my report. My database is nothing special, just text and integer values. Nine elements plus the key per record. No graphics. So, yes, this problem does sound unusual. However, I have not been able to pin down the problem yet. In the meantime, I am looking into using Calc to print my data. It looks good and will do until I can get RB working.

BTW: The report is a simple text page header, Detail, and page footer, no graphics there either. I do have the date and time fields in the header, but that shouldn't bring it down. Actually, I do have some separator lines inserted at the bottom of the header and the bottom of each Detail line. Page number at the bottom of the footer. That's it.
Thanks for the help.
Hi Girvin

Sounds like it aught to run lickity-split...hmm

Anyway - looks like you are off to use Cacl.

You might want to do this.

When you open the data window under Calc, instead of copy/paste from the
data grid - grad, drag and drop the actual query name from the left side
of the data window. This will create a named range, you can set options
on the range to _not_ save the data in the spreadsheet, jut the
connection information...then when you open the spreadsheet again it
will re-run the query and update the data anew..

Best wishes,

Yes! Your procedure worked fine! Thanks much. It will make using Calc to produce my reports a lot more error free. I have not tested the dynamic importation of the data yet, but even if it doesn't work, which I am sure it will, this procedure is much better than my copy-paste procedure. Another benefit of using Calc will be to save paper. Whereas the ORB output used 94+ pages, the Calc output, being more compressed, even with the separation grid, produces about half that number - 47 pages.

Your suggestion of an installation problem causing ORB to fail for me got me thinking and I realized I did modify one aspect of the LO distribution package. I moved the 2 executable files in "/usr/bin" to "/opt/bin". Just in case ORB was relying on these files being in "/usr/bin", the first thing I did today was to restore those 2 files in "/usr/bin" and try ORB again. No joy. It is now taking 66 minutes. However, since my last tests, I entered more data and now my database is 1800+ records. So that accounts for the increase in time. Note that it does not take anywhere near this amount of time to import the data into Calc. Calc does it in a few seconds, not tens of minutes.

Thanks very much for your help.

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