I am running into an issue when running an update using the mass data loader. I run the same update twice per week, however, this week, a new validation rule that I created is throwing a validation error. The catch is that it is finding errors where none exist. I navigated to the error records and manually Edited and Saved, and no validation error is being thrown.

Additionally, it is weird b/c I updated 2848 records and the first 2600 threw 0 errors, and the 148 errors all came in the last 248 records updated.

Any idea what could be causing this?

FYI: I de-activated the validation rule and the update ran without errors, however, the validation rule is relatively simple and was only a slight modification to another existing (and functioning) rule, so I'm not sure what's causing the error.

The error-causing rule:

  ISPICKVAL( Status__c , 'Ready for Submission'), 
  ISPICKVAL( Investment_Powers__c , '' ) 

Another rule that does not cause an error:

  ISPICKVAL( Status__c , 'Ready for Submission'), 
  ISPICKVAL( Branch_Code__c ,'') 

Additionally, all of the records that caused errors had the status 'Open', so I'm not sure what's going on here.

Thanks in advance!

  • Are you loading in the values of Status__c as expected in the Validation rules, or are you relying on some Before Triggers to set those values before encountering the validation? Oct 18, 2012 at 16:11
  • Status__c is being updated by the mass update, in addition to one other field, 'Current_Value__c'. Oct 18, 2012 at 16:23
  • There is a before trigger in play, but it does not touch either of those fields at all. Oct 18, 2012 at 16:23
  • What value of investment_powers__c are you loading? What incumbent value do the erring records have? Oct 18, 2012 at 17:04
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    @LaceySnr The Investment_Powers__c field didn't even exist when the trigger was written and deployed, so there is no way that it is editing that field Oct 22, 2012 at 18:10

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It sounds like the status__c is getting changed to 'Ready for Submission' in the load. If that is definitely not happening I would change the second part to


I have had issues with ISPICKVAL( Investment_Powers__c , '' ) style before.

If these do not work, can you set the debug log and copy the section of when this runs?

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