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The Great FilePath Mystery

Question asked by RayMentor on Sep 28, 2009
Latest reply on Sep 29, 2009 by RayMentor

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The Great FilePath Mystery

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File paths are my nemesis. I continue to get tripped up on terms like "absolute, relative, local, etc.". I've reviewed the FM help file record(s) about file paths, but apparently I need a simpler explanation. The geekspeak in the help note hasn't dispelled the darkness yet.

 

Here's why I need to wrap my brain about this.

 

I frequently need to create scripts that all a networked user to save his or her found records as Excel or PDF, attach to an email and send.  

 

Usually I'm working from a hosted FM 10 file in Filemaker Server 10 in a network situation which is either all Mac, all Windows, or mixed Mac and Windors.

 

Of course, there's strategy of the "Save Records as Excel / PDF" script step and then click the option to create an email. However, I typically want to supply the email address because it's available in the database. Most often, I do something like:

 

Set Variable [$FilePath; Value: "file:" & Get (TemporaryPath) & "Proceeds.xls"

Export Records [No dialog; "Proceeds.xls"

Send Mail [Send via E-mail Client; Subject: "Proceeds report & Get (CurrentDate); $FilePath

 

Sometimes it works and sometimes not.

 

Can anyone do any of the following:

 

1) Direct me to an explanation of paths written for someone who is not a computer science major

2) Share a reliable script that will send the attachment no matter what the system user is on

3) Point out the error of my ways in the short script example I cited above

 

Much obliged for any assistance. Thanks in advance. 

 

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