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Why am I no longer able to print from xTuple?

If you have recently upgraded your xTuple version and you find you can no longer print reports from xTuple (but you could before you upgraded), you may need to reinstall your print drivers. Another thing to check is your user profile. Try creating a new user profile and test whether you can print from that new user profile.

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How far back does xTuple support old versions?

The older versions supported by xTuple will vary depending on the current shipping release of the product. To learn more, please visit xTuple's Supported Versions (and End of Life policy) page.

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Can I change the contact number?

No, the contact number is a system assigned number that cannot be changed. However, you would typically search for contacts by name or other properties—so not having access to the contact number shouldn't be a problem. Examples of other search criteria for contacts would include phone numbers, address details, linked accounts and characteristics.

Hint: Use the advanced search feature or click the magnifying glass to refine your contact searches.

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My product item is not showing up on the xTupleCommerce website. What could be wrong?

If an item is not showing up on the xTupleCommerce website it is most likely not selected in the ERP database to show up on the website. You can check by going to the product item, selecting the attributes and making sure the checkbox is selected to be published on the web. 

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Are departments required?

No, departments are not required. You don't need to define departments—and associating them with employees is optional.

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Are employee and user the same thing?

Employee and user are not necessarily the same thing. An employee is a person who works for your company. A user is a person who has an account allowing them to access your xTuple database. There are scenarios where database users would not also be employees. For example, you may give user access to people who are not your employees (e.g., IT consultants). Conversely, there are also scenarios where employees wouldn't need user accounts. For example, you may have employees whose job doesn't require them to use a computer—and so there would be no need for them to have a user account.

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Are the advanced characteristic options required?

The advanced characteristics options—available only to text type characteristics—are not required. You may use text type characteristics without using the advanced options. The two advanced options are input mask and validator. An input mask creates a template to guide users as they enter values for a characteristic. It is a form of light data validation. For example, if you specify the input mask 00/00/0000, then users will be presented with the following template when they are entering values for the characteristic : "__/__/____". In this case, users will simply have to fill in the blanks between the separators. A validator is used to strictly enforce the format of data users can enter in a field. If you specify a validator for a characteristic, then users will have to conform to the format when entering values for the characteristic. Values which do not conform will not be accepted.

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Why can't I de-select a costing method?

If you have item sites using a costing method, you cannot de-select that costing method on the inventory configuration. Removing the costing method from item sites where it is used will release the costing method—and allow you to disable it.

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Are incident categories required?

Yes, every incident must be assigned to a category. Because incident categories are the highest-level grouping mechanism available to incidents, they are required.

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How do I export data from xTuple?

The quick answer is you can right click and use the Export As option to export data from any list in xTuple ERP. The more advanced option is to use the xTuple API.

To learn more, please see the article about using the API to export from xTuple ERP.

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Are employee groups required?

No, employee groups are not required. Only use them if you find they will help you organize your employees into different categories.

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Are shifts required?

No, shifts are not required. If your company doesn't use shifts, then you do not need to add them—or assign them to employees.

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Where can I find the PostgreSQL documentation?

 For more information, please see the PostgreSQL Documentation.

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My company has an xTuple support contract. How do I contact xTuple support?

If your company has a support contract with xTuple, you can reach the xTuple support team either by phone or by opening a support ticket using the online ticketing system. Each support contract with xTuple specifies two "named support contacts." The named support contacts are the people at your company who are eligible to contact the xTuple support team for help. If you are not a named support contact but still need help, you should address your questions to the named support contacts at your company. Your named support contacts will either know the answers to your questions—or they will be able to contact the xTuple support team to help get you the assistance you need.

Note: Ticket-only support is included for xTuple Cloud customers and also customers who have purchased Commercial PostBooks®. Ticket-only support allows for one named support contact per company and does not include phone support.

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How do I purchase support for xTuple?

Commercial support is available for xTuple products. Please see the support options page for more detailed information.

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What does require standard cost mean?

If you configure purchasing to require standard costs, every item you receive into inventory through purchasing will be required to have a standard cost. This feature will be desirable in companies where standard costing is the norm. However, companies using the average (or other) costing method should not set this flag, since it will prevent you from receiving average-cost items into inventory.

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Can I add multiple email recipients?

Yes, to add multiple email addresses to any field (e.g., Cc:, Bcc:), simply separate the addresses with commas, as in the following example: "jsmith@company.com,rjones@company.com".

Tip: Consider using a generalized distribution email address if you have multiple recipients who need to be copied.

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How do I retrieve API keys from within Authorize.net?

    Neither the xTupleCommerce system nor the ERP stores plain text credit card information in the database. Both systems integrate with Authorize.net via the Authorize.net API. To retrieve API keys from Authorize.net, follow these steps:

    1. Go to Authorize.net 
    2. Log into your account as an admin
    3. Click ACCOUNT in the main menu
    4. In the Security Settings area click on API LOGIN ID and TRANSACTION KEY
    5. Enter the answer to your account’s Secret Question
    6. Click SUBMIT
    7. Capture the keys
    8. Deliver the keys to xTuple - follow the instructions for Sharing API Keys from the bottom of this article

    Note: Every time you create an API key the old key expires within 24 hours. Your keys may be used in various locations (website, ERP, etc). Please save the keys in a secure location (LastPass.com, 1Password, etc) so you don’t have to recreate keys in the future.

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    Can employees belong to more than one employee group?

    Yes, there is no limit to the number of employee groups an employee can belong to.

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    What are project tasks?

    Project tasks are used for budgeting and tracking time and expenses associated with particular project activities. When combined, project tasks present the total time and expenses for a project. The Project Accounting package adds expanded accounting functionality for tracking time and expenses related to project tasks.

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    What tokens can I use to build my email profiles?

    As a general rule, any property on the source document (e.g., incident, customer, order, etc.) is available to be used as a token. For example, to get the email address of a contact on an incident, you would use the following token: {contact.primaryEmail}

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    How do I stop the PostgreSQL service on a Mac?

    When using the PostBooks® Installer to install xTuple ERP on a Mac, you may run into an issue if you have a previous instance of PostgreSQL running. If you get an error message during the installation that says:

    "There has been an error. There is not enough shared memory. PostgreSQL component requires a minimum shared memory segment of 32MB. Please increase "shmmax" kernel parameter (in /etc/sysctl.conf) or close any other PostgreSQL instances before restarting installation."

    You can use the Terminal application on Mac OS X to run commands to stop the database service. You'll give yourself Superuser privileges, then switch yourself to the postgres user, then stop the service.

    1. Make sure you've closed all connections to the postgres database, such as PGAdmin or xTuple.
    2. Go to Terminal (It's in Applications/Utilities)
    3. Type: sudo su -
    4. Enter the password you use to login to your Mac
    5. Type: cd /Applications/xTuple/postgresql/bin/ (assuming you installed xTuple in the default directory. If not, you'll need to change the path to where you installed it).
    6. Type: sudo -u postgres ./pg_ctl -D /Applications/xTuple/postgresql/data stop
    7. You can start up the database in the same way, using the start command: sudo -u postgres ./pg_ctl -D /Applications/xTuple/postgresql/data start
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    Where can I find reporting by department?

    The employee search screen allows you to filter employees by department. You can also write custom reports to include department and other employee information.

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    What is the earliest available date?

    The earliest date is derived from the item source lead time. The earliest available date is determined by adding the item source lead time to the current date. If you don't configure purchasing to use the earliest date, the due date field will be left blank when entering purchase order line items—requiring users to enter the date manually.

    Note: The earliest date configuration applies only to manually-entered purchase orders. This option does not impact the scheduling of purchase orders generated by the MRP planning system.

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    Can I select multiple costing methods?

    Yes, you can enable all of the available costing methods—if that's what your business requires. However, in many cases, one of the costing methods (average or standard) is generally sufficient. When you enable a costing method, that means item sites will be able to use that costing method. Inventory costing is specified at the item site level.

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