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Property with declare expression not exported to excel correctly



You are exporting a report to Excel.  You observe that some of the exported values do not match the equivalent values in the original report.  Your report makes use of a join condition.  You run tracer during the export and you observe that backwards chaining takes place during the export.

Error Messages


Steps to Reproduce

  1. Create a Report Definition that uses a join.  
  2. Have some of the values of the report be the target of one or more Rule-Declare-Expressions.  
  3. Export the report.

Root Cause

The root cause of this problem is a defect in the Pega code.  The export functionality does not fully rerun the report from scratch, but uses some of the existing data from the existing report.  In particular, a "Page-Merge" is used to copy over some of the existing data during the export; this function is not used during the original execution of the report.

The Page-Merge causes the inference engine to fire to do some backwards chaining.  Because of the nature of the operation and the context in which it is taking place, the Rule-Declare-Expression returns a value which is not the same (and is incorrect) as the value being presented in the report prior to export.


HFix-7015 turns off the backwards chaining before the "Page-Merge", eliminating the problem.

Published June 12, 2015 - Updated October 8, 2020

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