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list_of_breaks(integer ; _list)

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Petter Derhaag, The Next Organization

Returns a defined number of pilcrows for delimited graph data

Sample Input:
list_of_breaks(5 ; "")
Sample Output:

 Then copy & paste into FileMaker Advanced's Edit Custom Function window.

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To make sure that my 'delimited data' filemaker graphs are shown correctly I want the possibility to make a 'list' of empty values. Because the List function always include a number of additional breaks, I created this recursive function.

Just enter the number of 'rows' you want and it is returned.

© - Petter Derhaag May 2015

Note: these functions are not guaranteed or supported by Please contact the individual developer with any questions or problems.

This is my Custom Function and I want to edit it


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Does indeed seem to exactly what I want. Does this mean I should remove this one? Happy to do so, don't know what the normal way of things is here.

Petter, Bussum
May 04, 2016 5:43am

Testing the Repeat function ( - does work, however it also does end up with one break too many. Repeat(¶ ; 5) results in a list with 6 'rows'.

Petter, Bussum
May 04, 2016 5:48am

I am not sure what you mean by "rows". Repeat ( ¶ ; 5 ) returns 5 carriage returns. And ValueCount ( Repeat ( ¶ ; 5 ) ) returns 5.

comment, VR
May 05, 2016 12:03am

By comparison, if you use Repeat ( ¶ & "." ; 5 ); you'll see that the list returns as:


For my purposes, the second row is where the '.' starts. This means there is one 'row' too many.

Petter, Bussum
May 06, 2016 2:34am

Well, if you want 5 values of ".", you ought to be using Repeat ( "." & ¶ ; 5 ). What you have returns one empty value, followed by 5 values of "." each.

Note that a FileMaker list of values may or may not be terminated by a carriage return - it makes no diffference to value count.

comment, VR
May 06, 2016 3:39am

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