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Old 01-13-2019, 05:31 PM   #1
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How can I get an automatic date field on my Libreoffice Base file?

Hello. I created a diary in Libreoffice Base. It has four fields, those being ID, Date, Title, Entry. The ID field is a primary key field that is automatically created, and its field type is "Integer [INTEGER]". The date field is manually entered by me (which I hope to change to being created automatically) and its field type is "Date/Time [TIMESTAMP]". The other two are text fields.

I use Debian 9 (stable), and I use Libreoffice Version:
Build ID: 1:5.2.7-1+deb9u4. I have both OpenJDK 1.7 and 1.8 installed (I needed to install and enable 1.7 to be able to update my older LineageOS phone, though I've set LO to use 1.8 --> perhaps I need to change this to 1.7).

Efforts so far:
I tried searching for an answer to this and found the following:

The suggestion there was to "place a Text box where you want the date. Then in the fields' Data tab set as follows" ... select the option of TODAY() for it. I was unable to find that option after setting up a text box. The only options were to link to existing fields, so I linked to the date field and basically had an echo of this. Thus, not a solution.

I also tried the option of Insert/Field/Date, but that didn't work.

All ideas appreciated.

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Old 01-13-2019, 06:39 PM   #2
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Try using SQL directly (Tools -> SQL in the main window) and executing a statement like this:

PHP Code:
See the following:
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Old 01-14-2019, 12:32 AM   #3
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[new edit]
Okay, this works perfect! Below I had an error because the old date field was deemed mandatory, which produced the error. But, since I've now got two new automatic fields for date and time, I no longer need the old date field.

Thanks again!

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Thanks for your response Corvette. I tried what was written, but it did not work. I created two fields for both time and date. Then, for each, I used the "Tools -> SQL" function from the main window, enter the commands (adjusted for the naming of my file/fields). The commands were accepted. However, in attempting to create a new post in the diary, in a new form that had these two fields, it gave me the following error (see picture).
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