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I have an extremely simple requirement. There is a table which shows files and each files size in bytes:

<apex:column value="{!file.BodyLength} bytes" />

I simply want to display the length in KB instead of bytes. I imagined VisualForce would allow something like the following:

<apex:column value="{!file.BodyLength / 1024} KB" />

But it doesn't. Is a formula field the only way to go about this? There is no simple way to do this directly in VisualForce?

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    I just created a gist that shows it does work. What problem are you having? – sfdcfox Apr 7 '16 at 17:23
  • If I try anything like <apex:column value="{!ml.Mileage__c / 100}" /> on a numeric field, I get the following error: "Invalid field Mileage__c / 100 for SObject ... " I'm not trying on the BodyLength field for now, but Mileage__c is a numeric field on another sObject and it should work here ... – Mehdi Maujood Apr 7 '16 at 17:41
  • As per sfdcfox, try <apex:column value="{!floor(file.BodyLength / 1024)} KB" /> – Anurag Apr 7 '16 at 17:52
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    @MehdiMaujood I was able to replicate the error with standard fields. I created a gist that explains the problem and workaround. – sfdcfox Apr 7 '16 at 18:05
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It appears that the "value" attribute on apex:column has a bug in it. For now, you can expand your apex:column code to render the value within the apex:column's content:

<apex:column>
    {!ml.Milage__c / 100}
</apex:column>

I'm going to send an ask to salesforce.com and see if I find out why this is broken (and if it's going to be fixed).

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  • I'm not surprised at this -- value= for some VF components has to resolve to a controller variable and expressions would be problematic; e.g. <apex:outputField value="{!someInlineExpression}"/> – cropredy Apr 8 '16 at 1:35

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