HiFinance 5




USAGE: To import a file containing, all or a subset, of new or changed information to be posted to the Discount Matrix Table. The input file is required to be in a very strictly stylised format so that HiFinance can allocate data to the correct fields on the correct records.


DISCUSSION: Make sure that you have a good backup of your data and that no-one is using HiFinance during the update. HiFinance may not update the files as you expected and the only completely safe way to correct the mistake is to restore your data from backup.


The import file required must be called discmf.csv, although case is not important in Windows. This file must reside in your data directory, eg \HF5DATA\COMP1. Also, the file must not be in use. This is important because if you have created the file from a spreadsheet and have saved it but not closed it, the file will still be locked by the spreadsheet program and HiFinance will not be able to open it.


The input file must be in CSV format. This is a comma-delimited file (without quotes) with one record per line. Exporting from Excel, choosing the CVS format, will produce the correct format automatically. Each alphanumeric field must be left justified. HiFinance will make no attempt to remove leading spaces (for names, etc.). Numeric fields should not have any dollar signs or commas. Do not use commas in any alpha fields. These will be treated as a field break and HiFinance will not import the row correctly. A blank cell will be treated as a valid entry, thus a blank alpha cell will clear the corresponding field in the master-file and a blank numeric cell will reset the corresponding field in the master-file to zero. Thus if you do not wish to change a field, either delete the row, delete the column or make sure that the cell contains the same information as the field in the master-file currently has.


The first line of the input file must contain only field names. These fields are mostly identical to those exported using DISCOUNT TABLE ASCII EXPORT (see SECTION In fact the easiest way to create the initial file is to export it first using this program with the headings option turned on. This also has the advantage of accurately exporting the current information. There are some fields available in the Import program, which are not created in the Export program. The full list is detailed below. Note the use of the underscore character instead of spaces. This format must be copied exactly.






1)                 The format of this file is different to other import file in that there must be a whole table present to import. The heading line is ignored but it must be there as a spacer. There must be exactly 99 lines of data. There must be exactly 100 columns. The first column is always the Debtor group number but is ignored - but must exist as a spacer. There must then be exactly 99 fields representing the discounts.

2)                 All discounts must be in the range 0 through 99.99 (percent).

3)                 If you try to import the raw file form the ASCII EXPORT program, it will not read in successfully unless you choose to export with comma delimiters between fields and without quotes around fields (numeric and alphanumeric). This can be set in the options part of the export program. Normally this is not the way this function is used, the purpose of this function being to manipulate the file in a spreadsheet program and importing the result.


When the program starts, it will firstly check whether the import file exists and is accessible. Having established this, HiFinance will read the first line of the file and check for its correctness. If no obvious errors are found, you will be asked to confirm that you have made a backup and then you will be asked to confirm that you wish to proceed.


HiFinance will then read import lines one at a time confirming defined by the columns you have chosen. If an invalid or blank row is encountered, the import will cease. HiFinance will continue processing until it reaches the end of the import program. Finally the import file will be renamed to discmf.old (to stop you from accidentally rerunning the program with used data) before returning you the MAIN MENU.


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