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TOTAL Command

Computes totals for numeric fields in the currently selected table.


TOTAL TO TableName ON FieldName   [FIELDS FieldNameList]   [Scope]
   [FOR lExpression1]   [WHILE lExpression2]   [NOOPTIMIZE]

Parameters

TableName

Specifies the name of the table that will contain the totals. If the specified table does not exist, Visual FoxPro creates it. If the table exists and SET SAFETY is ON, Visual FoxPro asks if you would like to overwrite the existing table. If SET SAFETY is OFF, you are not prompted, and the output table is overwritten.

FieldName

Specifies the field on which the totals are grouped. The table must be sorted on this field, or an open index or index tag must have this field as its key expression.

FIELDS FieldNameList

Specifies the fields to be totaled. Separate the field names in the list with commas. If you omit the FIELDS clause, all numeric fields are totaled by default.

Scope

Specifies a range of records to total. The default scope for TOTAL is ALL records. The scope clauses are: ALL, NEXT nRecords, RECORD nRecordNumber, and REST.

For more information on scope clauses, see Scope Clauses.

FOR lExpression1

Specifies a condition whereby only the records that satisfy the logical condition lExpression1 are included in the totals.

Rushmore Query Optimization optimizes a query created with TOTAL ... FOR if lExpression1 is an optimizable expression. For best performance, use an optimizable expression in the FOR clause.

For more information, see SET OPTIMIZE Command and Using Rushmore Query Optimization to Speed Data Access.

WHILE lExpression2

Specifies a condition whereby records from the current table are included in the totals for as long as the logical expression lExpression2 evaluates to true (.T.).

NOOPTIMIZE

Disables Rushmore optimization of TOTAL.

For more information, see SET OPTIMIZE Command and Using Rushmore Query Optimization to Speed Data Access.

The table in the currently selected work area must be sorted or indexed. A separate total is calculated for each set of records with a common field value or unique index key value. The results are placed into records in a second table. One record is created in the second table for each common field value or unique index key value.

Numeric overflow can occur if the numeric fields in the second table are not wide enough to contain the totals. Visual FoxPro conserves the most significant portions of the totals when numeric overflow occurs. When a field is too small to accept a total:

  • Decimal places are truncated, and the remaining decimal portion of the total is rounded.

  • If the total still does not fit, scientific notation is used if the total field contains seven or more digits.

  • Finally, asterisks replace the field contents.

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