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How to compare two .FMB files? [message #328182] Thu, 19 June 2008 04:49 Go to next message
user71408
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Hi All,
I have oracle base version and our client version.
In oracle base version we have "products.fmb" file
In our client version "item.fmb" file.it was created using the base version.After that many people made changes to client version. Now I want to compare those two files. But in our system there is no form builder. Is it possible to compare without FORM builder. If possible please let me know..

Thank you.

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Re: how to compare two .fmb files [message #328186 is a reply to message #328182] Thu, 19 June 2008 05:16 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Well, there are tools which can compare two files, but - as FMBs aren't textual files, the result wouldn't be readable.

However, what prevents you to install Forms Builder on your system? It is YOUR system after all, isn't it?
Re: how to compare two .fmb files [message #328187 is a reply to message #328186] Thu, 19 June 2008 05:19 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Hi using "Compare Suit " tool I compared .pls,.ksh,.sql files.
But now I have no priviliges to install form builder into my system.So is there any tool to comapre .fmb files or need to install those files.?
Re: how to compare two .fmb files [message #328215 is a reply to message #328187] Thu, 19 June 2008 06:53 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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How do you plan to install that "any tool" if you don't have a privilege to install Forms Builder?
Re: how to compare two .fmb files [message #328502 is a reply to message #328215] Fri, 20 June 2008 06:07 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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without installing form builder is it not possible? please let me know. or elase if possible pleaase let me know that tool to compare 2 .fmb files without installing "form builder"

Thank you
Re: how to compare two .fmb files [message #328512 is a reply to message #328502] Fri, 20 June 2008 06:39 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Re-read my first message in this topic.

Once again: FMB is a binary, not textual file and can not be "easily" compared to another FMB.

I use WinMerge (a freeware tool) which, upon the attempt of comparing two FMBs, says

./fa/4497/0/

As far as I'm concerned, you may proceed comparing FMBs any way you like (perhaps even using one of available hex editors). I'll be glad if you succeed and share the solution with the rest of the community.
Re: how to compare two .fmb files [message #328532 is a reply to message #328512] Fri, 20 June 2008 07:12 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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thank you all...
Re: how to compare two .fmb files [message #328549 is a reply to message #328502] Fri, 20 June 2008 07:59 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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user71408 wrote on Fri, 20 June 2008 13:07
without installing form builder is it not possible? please let me know. or elase if possible pleaase let me know that tool to compare 2 .fmb files without installing "form builder"

Thank you

What would you do if you did find a difference? Since you cannot install Forms Builder, you would never ever be able to interpret the difference found.
Why not simply hash the two files and see if the outcomes are equal?
compare .fmb in form builder [message #328863 is a reply to message #328182] Mon, 23 June 2008 02:32 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Hi All,

How to compare two ".fmb" files in Form builder. Please let me know the Navigation steps for this issue.

Thank you.
Re: compare .fmb in form builder [message #329099 is a reply to message #328863] Tue, 24 June 2008 02:03 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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The best way is to convert to text and compare those.
It will be of very little use if you don't know Forms, though, as you need to be able to interpret what you see.
Form Comparison [message #330775 is a reply to message #328182] Tue, 01 July 2008 03:34 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Hi,
We are helping our client with upgrading version from 10.1.9 to 10.1.20

As a part of comparison between customised 10.1.9 and Oracle base 10.1.9, we need to run form comparison between these versions.

Our Goal: Compare forms between customized Version with Oracle Base version.

Method : Convert each .fmb file to .txt and then run a comparison between two .txt file.(Not sure if this a right way to compare as this may loose library function attached to it.)

Issue: It requires mind numbering hours of manual effort.

Your Advice: Could you please advice on bulk saving forms to text? Any other way to automate this or any tool/application that could help?


Thank you.
Form comparison (Bulk form Comparison) [message #331147 is a reply to message #328182] Wed, 02 July 2008 06:41 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Michel,

Please give the answer for the following requirement.I have tried in so many ways. This is not the right place to post forms thread. but here I am posting that thread pls give me idea for this.

Quote:
:
We are helping our client with upgrading customised version from 10.1.9 to 10.1.20

As a part of comparison between customised 10.1.9 and Oracle base 10.1.9, we need to run form comparison between these versions.

Our Goal: Compare forms between customised Version with Oracle Base version.

Method : Convert each .fmb file to .txt and then run a comparison between two .txt file.(Not sure if this a right way to compare as this may loose library function attached to it.)

Issue: It requires mind numbering hours of manual effort.

Your Advice: Could you please advice on bulk saving forms to text? Any other way to automate this or any tool/application that could help?



The Process I followed is
1.In Formbuilder : File -----> Administrator -----> Object
List report
But It will convert only one file at atime.But I need bulk
conversion .
2. File-----> Administrator----> binary-to-text

Thank you,

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Re: Form comparison (Bulk form Comparison) [message #331261 is a reply to message #331147] Wed, 02 July 2008 15:35 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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user71408, will you, please, stop opening a new topic about the same problem every day? I'm kind of tired merging all of them. If you have something to add to the problem, simply post a reply in the original topic.
Re: Form comparison (Bulk form Comparison) [message #331314 is a reply to message #331147] Thu, 03 July 2008 00:04 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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take a look at f90gen
Re: How to compare two .FMB files? [message #331471 is a reply to message #328182] Thu, 03 July 2008 09:07 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Hello,
only tool i know that allow form and report comparison directly from FMB and RDF is called FormsTool and you can have trial version or buy it here:
http://www.orcl-toolbox.com/download.asp

hope it help
Re: How to compare two .FMB files? [message #565077 is a reply to message #331471] Thu, 30 August 2012 07:08 Go to previous message
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Our team has been using "FormsTool V2.0". Is pretty good...

You can compare the files and also copy the changes from one file to another. The only drawback we noticed was that the size of the file reduces drastically if we try to save the file.
We do not have the confidence to promote the changes to higher environments with the saved result.

We used to compare the files using this tool and bring the changes to the form using Forms Builder
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