2 Replies Latest reply on Oct 6, 2010 9:46 AM by sanfranman59

    This action cannot be performed because this file is not modifiable



      This action cannot be performed because this file is not modifiable


      I am pulling my hair out over this one. I'm new to FMP 11, but have been using FMP 5 & 6 for many years. We recently decided to upgrade our licenses since we were so far behind, but now I'm really beginning to regret it.

      I've got a very simple little 3 field database file running on a Windows XP Pro box. The file resides on the local machine (this is a stand-alone computer that's not even connected to a network). But only users with administrator rights on the machine are able to add records to the file. If I'm signed onto the machine as administrator, I can edit the file. If I sign on as a normal Windows user, I cannot. The pop-up message I get is "This action cannot be performed because this file is not modifiable." If I add the user to the Administrators group in Windows, I can edit the file.

      I've searched this forum for answers and couldn't find anything that matched my situation exactly. All I could find was a couple of Mac users and I think in both cases, their issues had to do with remote access and file sharing. That's not the case here. There's no remote access in my case and only one user at a time will be accessing the file. I also tried Googling the error message and couldn't find an answer there either.

      This exact same thing is happening on two different XP Pro systems. I've tried monkeying with folder and file permissions in Windows and have also played around with the Manage Security settings and Privilege Sets in FMP. Nothing works other than giving the user administrator privileges in Windows. I'd prefer to avoid that for obvious reasons. I never had this kind of trouble with the old versions of FMP I've used (5 & 6).

      Someone please help save my hair! This is the third day I've worked on solving this seemingly simple problem.

        • 1. Re: This action cannot be performed because this file is not modifiable

          You have placed your file in a directory where only Admin users can modify the file. Right click this directory and change the directory's security settings to allow the other users to have "modify" rights on the directory contents.

          • 2. Re: This action cannot be performed because this file is not modifiable

            Thanks for your quick reply, Phil.

            I thought that might be the problem, but the IT person who set up the computers for me assured me that the file and folder permissions were not the problem and that it had to be something within FMP 11 since the title of the error message was "FileMaker Pro". Also, when I tried to modify the folder permissions on the system, I wasn't seeing a Security tab in Folder Properties. Our IT person said this was because there were no restrictions. Well, it turns out that she was mistaken. I now know that you can't set individual file and folder permissions in XP unless you turn off simple file sharing in My Computer, Tools, Folder Options, View tab (the default value on XP systems). Once I turned that off, I was able to give users modify and write permissions. Before that, since the folder in which I stored the FMP data file was created using the Administrator login, only that login and users assigned to the Administrators group could modify the file. Yeesh!