Actually, to be more correct, FM server is running on a windows machine, so the slashes go the other way - '\\server\databases\docs' - it always returns '\server\databases\docs', missing the first '\' and therefore doesn't reach it's destination. If I add the '\' in the dialog, FM opens the folder.
What is the proper syntax?
As far as I know, this sort of syntax is not supported. You have to create local network drives like z: with identical drive letter on each computer in the FileMaker network.
we work on a remote network so it doesn't seem practical to share documents on a local drive. are you suggesting that all users create a local drive and copy the docs to a local drive? that would leave us open to having several versions of the same document - possibly different for each user. perhaps a container field would be more practical, however i would have to create a container for each file - that could be cumbersome. just a shortcut to a folder on the server would be the most practical. how can i do that?
Sorry English is not my native language and maybe I don't find the right words.
I don't want you to keep data locally in duplicate versions but map network drives locally. I don't know better how to say this in English.
thank you for your response.
i think what you are suggesting is creating a VPN as we are all in different locations and not on the same local network. that would work but would require an investment in VPN hardware. surely there is a way to do this with FM server. it almost works - i just have to manually add the '\' to the beginning of the URL path statement each time.
I think too complicated, sorry for that. In FileMaker calculations two backslashes give one. You have to double them
"\\" -> \
"\\\\" -> \\
This is because backslash is escape character to express for example quotes inside strings:
"one\"two" -> one"two
that's exactly what i was looking for.
thank you so much.