I see the page on Permanent Variables in the help pages, but I wanted to check on their use in shared databases.
I just discovered on the server variable help page that permanent variables are not shared. So if I create one on my copy of a database, it will be not available to others who use the database. I added to the permanent variable help page a clarification to that effect, which I copied from the server variable help page.
Are permanent variables affected by creating a New Generation of a shared database? One should know if they persist or not when deciding whether to use them in a shared database. I will add another suggested change to the help page that includes your answer to this question.
BTW, I also have needed to store information permanently that is particular to the user and would not be shared and is not affected by any PanX database changes. In that case, I have used Macintosh preferences. So each user has their own values stored in preferences. In my case, I have the person’s initials, name, and email stored in preferences, as convenience so it does not need to be re-entered from session to session. I think I decided to use preferences because I thought permanent variables can be lost if a new generation is created by another user.