3 Replies Latest reply on Jun 18, 2015 11:56 AM by philmodjunk

    Open URL on PC



      Open URL on PC


      I am trying to open a folder from the server on a pc using the following syntax:



      Any ideas?


        • 1. Re: Open URL on PC

          Does the current user account (for the computer, not filemaker), have the needed access permissions to open this folder?

          That doesn't really look like a correct file path for a windows system. There's no drive letter.

          You may also need to first map a drive letter to that server or directly to the folder.

          (I have an older system (before externally stored containers were possible) where the system just refers to drive letters x: and z: for some file/container actions. The client machines have mapped certain shared directories to those drive letters such that "X:" is the full file path to a specific directory. (And I have a script that runs a batch file to remap the drive letter should it get "lost" as happens from time to time in windows...)

          • 2. Re: Open URL on PC

            Got it to work and now leads me to another question:

            How do I create the directory if it does not exist?

            Thanks for your previous response.


            • 3. Re: Open URL on PC

              FileMaker 13 and older cannot create directories without using a plug in or a system script. (I've used export records to create and execute batchfiles to do this on windows systems in the past.)

              I have read that a new script step in 14 can create new folders (if I understood the documentation correctly), but have not tried to use it. Get Directory is the script step, but upon further review, it may only allow the user to create a new folder in the dialog that this scripts step opens.

              Either way, your client would need "write permission" access to the enclosing folder where you want to add a new folder.

              Frankly, this looks like something that might be better managed with a container field set up to use external storage to a location on your server.