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On 02/22/2014 01:11 PM, Jim Seymour wrote:
Hi There,

I've researched and experimented with this, and I'm out of ideas.

For starters: LibréOffice, Build ID: 350m1 (Build: 2)

Before anybody suggests a newer version: I'm currently on Ubuntu
10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx), so I'm stuck with it.  (Even my much newer
Linux Mint desktop install at work is still 3.x, I believe.)

I have a database with a couple tables, as in

create table hdwr_assets (
   atag           text primary key,
   serno          text unique,
   status_id      int references hdwr_status,

-- e.g.: "deployed", "in stock"
create table hdwr_status (
   status_id serial  primary key,
   descr     text    not null,

The plan was to create a form that could query and alter hardware
assets, selecting values for status_id from a drop-down list, the
available selection being from the hardware status table.

Near as I can tell: The Forms Wizard simply isn't that smart?

Interestingly: A Query created in Design View DTRT, wrt FK
references, but I can't persuade the Forms Wizard to do so.  In fact:
FK references in the Forms Wizard appear to be thoroughly broken--at
least in the version of LO I have?

Is there any way to accomplish what I want, or am I going to have to
resort to Real Coding (Java, HTML+PHP+JS or whatever)?

There is a difference between a database form and a query or view. The last two objects are used to manipulate the data of the database to produce an output in table form: columns (fields) and rows (records). This is what you really want to do: use the data in your tables to produce and output that is useful for your purposes. Forms are Writer documents that can access data in table form and display it. You can also use forms to input data into the underlying table. It will display a query but not act like one. So, you have the query that you need to provide you with the information. Use the form wizard to display it. Use the query as the data source. The first page of this wizard has a drop down list of data sources (tables or queries).


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