Repairing Timekeeper data
12 March 2004
Timekeeper utility has functions for fixing systematic problems
in Timekeeper user data. Here is the current list of problem fixing
- Change 1900 Dates to 2000
- Timekeeper versions before 1.1 were not Y2K compliant. Dates
entered as 00 were actually recorded as 1900. When this data
is converted to Timekeeper 97 the 1900 dates show as 1900. This
function changes all dates 1900 to 1909 to be the corresponding
dates in 2000 to 2009. If there is a birthdate in those years
it will be changed also.
- Link Transactions to Assignments
- Accumulated credits are no longer in the Assignment record.
Instead they are computed from the Transaction records. But this
means there needs to be a link from the transaction back to the
- Timekeeper versions before 1.1 did not make this link. This
function tries to make such links for converted data. It might
not work in all cases.
- Fix Member Identifiers
- Some early versions of Timekeeper had a bug that allowed
duplicate member identifiers. This functions changes identifiers
so that there will be one prefix and no duplicates.
- Change Identifier Prefixes
- This function lets you change the Identifier prefix. You
can make the prefix something more appropriate than XXXX even
after you have entered some members.
- Fix Assignment Services
- When converting 0.6 data to 0.7 data the services for assignments
were converted incorrectly. This function can correct the services.
You need to know the date when you converted to 0.7. If you data
goes back to 0.6 then Link Transactions to Assignments will not
work for that very old data if you don't run this function first.
If your data has this problem then the Service in the Assignment
record will not agree with the Service in the corresponding Transactions
records. If you are going directly from a version before 0.7
to version 1.3 then you do not have this problem.
Most people converting data will have the 1900 date problem.
If you do not use the accumulated credits in Assignments then
there is no point in using Link Transactions to Assignments. Fix
Member Identifiers is useful to anyone who might wish to change
the Identifier prefix. Fix Member Identifiers and Fix Assignment
Services should only be useful if you have very old data.