Y2K Date Issues and PFCMARK
PFCMARK was introduced in version 4.5 of filePro in the mid 1990s to handle the upcoming Y2K date issues with a two-digit year. The idea is that you would set a variable called PFCMARK to a value such as 20, and this would be used as a “cutoff” to define the year in a date.
|01/01/01||is interpreted as||01/01/2001|
|12/31/20||is interpreted as||12/31/2020|
|01/01/21||is interpreted as||01/01/1921|
|12/31/99||is interpreted as||12/31/1999|
This problem will soon arise again, because the value of PFCMARK has not been updated since it was first implemented. So, any computer with
will behave unpredictably in less than three years.
We recommend increasing the value of PFCMARK to at least 50 to prevent these issues. Contact us to see if your system requires a PFCMARK adjustment.
filePro has a number of keyboard shortcuts that ease data entry. Below is a list of common keys used by someone entering data into a filePro database.
|F1||Insert a character|
|F2||Delete a character|
|F3||Programmable (you can choose)|
|F4||Programmable (you can choose)|
|F5||Duplicate information from the last record you entered|
|F6||Display/develop browse windows to other files|
|F7||Append to the current field|
|F8||Skip to the next field|
|F9||Programmable (you can choose)|
|F10||Pull up help for the current field (in update mode) or for the current screen (in non-update mode)|
|F11||Clear the current field|
|ESC||Save the current record (Windows)|
|ESC + ESC||Save the current record (UNIX/Linux)|
|CTRL + C||Cancel (Windows/Linux)|
|ESC + ?||Display the help screen and the user limit (UNIX/Linux)|