Error "Tableau Data Engine Error: 4: DataFlow::GetColumn: Calculation" Appending Data

Published: 07 Apr 2015
Last Modified Date: 14 Sep 2015


When appending data to a text file, the following error might occur:

Tableau Data Engine Error 4:DataFlow::GetColumn:Calculation


  • Tableau Desktop 8.3 and earlier
  • Text Files


Option 1

Upgrade to Tableau Desktop 9.0 or later version. For more information, see Upgrading Tableau Server.

Option 2

  1. Connect to the published data source and the updated text file. 
  2. Right-click on the published data source and select Create Local Copy.
  3. Right-click on the local copy data source and select Extract > Append Data from Data Source.
  4. Select the Excel file and click OK.
  5. Republish the local extract to Tableau Server. 
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