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notj
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Getting the text value of CDS Lookup?

I have a lookup field in my CDS entity. I need to get the text value of it instead of the GUID. 

 

Unfortunately, when I do a List Records action, I'm not seeing the text value of that lookup field anywhere. Is there any good way of returning that?

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Jcook
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Hello,

Could you share a picture of your configuration for your flow,

If you use the guid and use a get record on the entity the lookup is from and from there you can get the text value.

For example if I have the guid for a particular user from the ‘users’ entity. I can use a get records on the users entity and use Odata filter like:
users eq ‘<guid>’
After that I can use a compose shape and get the users full name from the get record.

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@Jcook that doesn't work for me. I can target the record with the GUID, but I don't return a text value of what is in the lookup. It just returns the same information.

 

I've got three entities. Facilities is the top entity. Trackers has a lookup to Facilities. Details has a lookup to Trackers. 

 

Both lookups have the same TEXT values, but because they are lookups to different entities, they obviously have different GUID's.

 

If I do a trigger of record is updated, and take the GUID from that, pass it to a List Records where the Lookup field = returned GUID, I get the items I want but I still do not see a text value of that lookup field being returned.

 

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Jcook
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Hello,

Take the guid from the picture you posted, and use a ‘Get Record’ on the entity where the lookup is coming from.

**Please share your configuration for your Flow**

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You want me to repeat the list records, matching the GUID to itself?

 

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Jcook
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Yea, so if I am getting this correct.

After your List Records action add a ‘Get Record’

And use the guid on the entity where the lookup is being looked up from. Which in this case I believe is the Facility entity.

Let me know, if it does not work

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It returned the same information.

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Hello,
So if you use A compose Shape under that, what values can you select as an input?

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The exact same.

@Jcook have you done this same setup with two custom entities? I'd be interested to know if it works for you. I don't believe I've done anything unique in my setup here.

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@notj 

Hmm. Yes I have multiple Flows and Logic Apps that do this and even more Custom Entities and Lookup's than you are doing.

 

Can you try using the Dynamics 365 connector to list records and see if any different values come up.

I think I ran into this issue long ago using the CDS connector. So i switched to using Dynamics 365.

 

Thanks

 

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