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    Having Problems with Instant Web Publishing

    thuidor

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      Having Problems with Instant Web Publishing

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      I am trying to use Filemaker's IWP to host a database and am having difficulty getting this feature to work.

       

      So far, I have enabled IWP within the database and have tried using various port numbers but still can not get the database to show up. I can access the web page that Filemaker generates but I get the message "No databases available" displayed on the web page.

       

      In addition, in the IWP option screen within the Filemaker client the "Currently open files" field is blank.

       

      I've enabled the database via the client but can not get it to show up in this field. Am I missing something or is this a firewall/port or server issue? 

        • 1. Re: Having Problems with Instant Web Publishing
          jonnyt
             Are you using the FM Pro only or FM server ?
          • 2. Re: Having Problems with Instant Web Publishing
            TSGal

            thuidor:

             

            If the FileMaker generated page is appearing and the "Currently open files" remain blank, then you may not have set the access properly.

             

            Open the file, pull down the File menu and select "Sharing -> Instant Web Publishing...".  At the top, you probably already have Instant Web Publishing turned on.  That's fine.

             

            The lower left area shows the currently open database files.  Select the table you want to show via Instant Web Publishing, and now on the right side, it should show you the access privileges to the file, and I bet it is set to "No users".  Change this to "All users" and then try opening this remotely from a browser.  The file should now show up.

             

            TSGal

            FileMaker, Inc. 

            • 3. Re: Having Problems with Instant Web Publishing
              hinojosa
                

              I am getting the same error- "No databases available."  The sharing is configured properly and I can and All users can access it but it does not show up.

               

              Could it be a firewall problem?  I know some of my filemaker properties have been disabled.

               

              Thanks!

              • 4. Re: Having Problems with Instant Web Publishing
                TSGal

                mikeyh:

                 

                Thank you for your post.

                 

                If you are getting the FileMaker web screen with "No databases available", then you are getting to FileMaker Pro through the firewall, so that is not the problem.  I would double-check one of the files under Instant Web Publishing, and make sure the access is set to "All Users".  This is the most common problem.

                 

                TSGal

                FileMaker, Inc. 

                • 5. Re: Having Problems with Instant Web Publishing
                  chuckg@winternet.com
                    

                  I've been using Instant Publishing for almost a year and all of a sudden it stopped working and users get "No databases available".

                  I haven't made any changes to this setup that I know of.

                  Filemaker 9.0v3

                  Mac OSX 10.5.6 

                   

                  Sharing -> Instant Web Publishing... 

                  Instant Web Publishing: On (otherwise there would be no "no databases available" message) so that is working.

                  For the selected file "All users" is selected and "Don't display..." is off.

                  Advanced Options: Accessible only from these IP addresses is off

                   

                  Manage -> Accounts & Privileges -> Accounts: all users have [Full Access] except [Guest]

                  Manage -> Accounts & Privileges -> Privilege Sets: [Full Access] Access via Instant Web Publishing (fmiwp) is checked

                  Manage -> Accounts & Privileges -> Extended Privilege: On for all privilege sets 

                   

                  No error message in the log. Only:

                  queueing privileged task wc:: KillDeferredTasks with address 0x01A430E0 ( obj == 0x01A430E4 ) into queue sOnStaticExit

                  queueing privileged task wc:: PoolingSchedulerImpl with address 0x01A42B64 ( obj == 0x01A42B74 ) into queue sOnStaticExit 

                  when starting up fmiwp 

                   

                  • 6. Re: Having Problems with Instant Web Publishing
                    TSGal

                    chuckg:

                     

                    Thank you for your post.

                     

                    1. Create a new database file with one field and enter one record.

                    2. Turn on Instant Web Publishing, write down/verify the IP address (and port), and set the file for access "All Users".

                    3. Go to the second computer, launch a browser, and enter the IP address (and port if applicable).

                     

                    Does the new database appear?

                     

                    If so, then there is something inherent to that original file.

                     

                    If not, then there is something not allowing the database to be seen.

                     

                    Create a new user account and see if you can turn on IWP from that user account.

                     

                    Try removing the FileMaker preference file in your user directory (com.filemaker.pro.plist or com.filemaker.filemakerpro.plist, depending on version).  Also, you can remove the FileMaker Preferences folder.  Quit, remove the file and folder, and launch again.  FileMaker will see the preferences file(s) is missing, so a new one will be created.

                     

                    Please continue to keep me updated with your progress.

                     

                    TSGal

                    FileMaker, Inc. 

                    • 7. Re: Having Problems with Instant Web Publishing
                      chuckg@winternet.com
                        

                      TSGal wrote:

                      chuckg:

                       

                      Does the new database appear? 

                       

                      answer: no 

                       

                      Create a new user account and see if you can turn on IWP from that user account.

                       

                      answer: Yes it can turn IWP on 

                       

                      Try removing the FileMaker preference file in your user directory (com.filemaker.pro.plist or com.filemaker.filemakerpro.plist, depending on version).  Also, you can remove the FileMaker Preferences folder.  Quit, remove the file and folder, and launch again.  FileMaker will see the preferences file(s) is missing, so a new one will be created.

                       

                      answer: trashed all that stuff and it still doesn't work

                       

                      response to browser is very very slow. like IWP is trying to access FM but doesn't get thru and times out. 

                       

                      • 8. Re: Having Problems with Instant Web Publishing
                        TSGal

                        chuckg:

                         

                        In case there is a port conflict, set the port number in FileMaker to 591.  This port is registered and reserved for FileMaker.

                         

                        Next, launch a browser on the same machine where FileMaker is hosting the file and enter:

                         

                        http://<IP address>:591

                         

                        The database(s) should now appear.

                         

                        If that works, then try launching a browser from the second machine and enter the same address.  This will help narrow down some possibilities.

                         

                        TSGal

                        FileMaker, Inc. 

                        • 9. Re: Having Problems with Instant Web Publishing
                          chuckg@winternet.com
                            

                          TSGal wrote: chuckg:

                          In case there is a port conflict, set the port number in FileMaker to 591. This port is registered and reserved for FileMaker.

                           

                          I would think that if there were a port problem then the browser would never get a response.I was using 8080 and changed it to 591.

                           

                          Same response: No databases available.

                           

                          Something has to be blocking IWP from getting at Filemaker itself. Is there a port involved there? Are there any changes to MacOSX what would try to prevent IWP from talking to Filemaker for some reason? On the other hand, if IWP couldn't talk to FileMaker then wouldn't there be a better message than "no database available"? Such as "no FileMaker available"?

                          • 10. Re: Having Problems with Instant Web Publishing
                            TSGal

                            chuckg:

                             

                            If there were a port problem, it may very well be that you never get a response.  For example, if FileMaker Pro is not open, then you should get a "Failed to Connect" error message, which confirms what you are saying.  However, I wanted to eliminate any possibility of that happening and suggested using port 591 which is reserved for FileMaker Pro.

                             

                            On my machine, I have FileMaker Pro open without any files, and Instant Web Publishing is turned on.  On the second machine, I access the first machine using port 591, and I get the "Instant Web Publishing" web page with "No databases available".

                             

                            I then open a database file, go into "Sharing -> Instant Web Publishing", select the file under "Currently open files" and set access to "All users".  When I reset the browser on the second machine, my database now appears.

                             

                            If something was blocking Instant Web Publishing, then you wouldn't receive the Instant Web Publishing page.

                             

                            In my System Preferences -> Sharing, I only have File Sharing and Web Sharing checked.

                             

                            I have created a test file with all the correct settings that opens for me with Instant Web Publishing.  I have sent this file to our Technical Support contact person, and I'll have him email it to you to test.

                             

                            TSGal

                            FileMaker, Inc. 

                            • 11. Re: Having Problems with Instant Web Publishing
                              chuckg@winternet.com
                                

                              TSGal wrote:

                              Enclosed is Test.fp7.  This file has Instant Web Publishing access set to All Users.  Please open this file on your host system, and then try to access it using a browser; either from the local drive or from a second computer.

                              TSGal
                              <Test.fp7> 

                              thanks, but no, that didn't work either. Just "No databases available."
                              I don't think it should matter but I am using FMProAdvanced 9.03 not FMP7

                              I did install Dreamweaver recently. It is a complete pig so I shut it down, rebooted and ran only FM. Still the same thing.
                               
                              How does iwp communicate with FMP? I would assume cross memory communications which (if I remember correctly) would be pretty hard to disrupt by anything except the OS itself. 
                               
                              Oh, my. This is beginning to feel like working on Windoze. I've tried deleting the FMPA files and then reinstalling. Still no difference. The next thing to do is reinstall the operating system..... not. 
                              chuck griffith 

                               

                              • 12. Re: Having Problems with Instant Web Publishing
                                TSGal

                                chuckg:

                                 

                                The file format for FileMaker Pro 7, 8, 9 and 10 are all the same, and that is why all FileMaker files created with FileMaker Pro 9 or FileMaker Pro 10 have the extension .fp7.

                                 

                                If Instant Web Publishing cannot see your files locally, then perhaps there is another machine with the same IP address taking precedence?  Check the IP addresses of those machines around you, and make sure you have a unique IP address.

                                 

                                Turn on Network Sharing, and set the access for the file(s) to be All Users.  Go to another machine, launch FileMaker Pro and see if the suspect machine can be seen over the network.  See if any files are available.

                                 

                                TSGal

                                FileMaker, Inc. 

                                 

                                • 13. Re: Having Problems with Instant Web Publishing
                                  chuckg@winternet.com
                                    

                                  TSGal wrote:

                                   

                                  If Instant Web Publishing cannot see your files locally, then perhaps there is another machine with the same IP address taking precedence?  Check the IP addresses of those machines around you, and make sure you have a unique IP address.

                                   

                                  TSGal

                                  FileMaker, Inc. 

                                   


                                   

                                  Now we are starting to get warm. I disconnected myself from the network and then did http://localhost:8080 and it worked!
                                  But wait a minute, this doesn't make any sense. If iwp is trying to contact FileMaker, why is it doing it on anything but localhost? Why would it be trying to go back out on the network? And what port is it doing it on? If iwp is having a problem finding FileMaker, why doesn't any other program, say Safari, have trouble finding something like my web server? Or why can Safari reliably find iwp?
                                  • 14. Re: Having Problems with Instant Web Publishing
                                    TSGal

                                    chuckg:

                                     

                                    When the browser accesses the IP address, it then looks at the port specified for Instant Web Publishing.  Instant Web Publishing renders the pages (and data) and transmits back through the port specified.

                                     

                                    Whenever I disconnect from the network, only Safari has the intelligence to look at the local machine, while Firefox and Internet Explorer look out over the network.

                                     

                                    However, when you specify the IP address of the local machine, then Safari will look over the network.

                                     

                                    Continue to use Safari, connect back to the network, and try using the IP address.  This may give you a clue.

                                     

                                    TSGal

                                    FileMaker, Inc. 

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