Modifying data sources for ACL tables

If you have an ACL table layout that applies to more than one data source you can modify the link between the table layout and the data source. For example, if you define an ACL table from a file that contains January invoice data, you can use the same table layout for a file containing February invoice data provided that both files have fields that can be read the same way – that is, both files have an identical record structure. When you get the data for February, you can either modify the link to associate the table layout with the new data file, or you can copy the ACL table for January and then modify the link so that you retain both tables.

You can link a table layout to a new data source if the data source is a delimited text file, a text file with line breaks, or an ACL data file (.fil).


A table layout and a data file it is associated with must match – that is, the structure of the data in the data file must match the field definitions specified by the table layout. Data structure refers to the data elements (fields) contained in a data file, the number and order of the fields, and the data type and length of the fields. If a table layout and a data file do not match, jumbled or missing data results.

To modify the data source associated with an ACL table layout:

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