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.xlsx export doesn't work with slashes / in the filename on Mac OS

Question asked by Vincent_L on Jul 26, 2011
Latest reply on Aug 12, 2011 by Vincent_L

Summary

.xlsx export doesn't work with slashes / in the filename on Mac OS

Product

FileMaker Pro

Version

11v3

Operating system version

Mac OS X 10.6.8 & 10.7

Description of the issue

If you trie to export a file with a filename of that kind "report of the 12/01/2011.xlsx" it won't work, Filemaker will complain it can't create the file on the disk. Doing so wilt els export, or all other kind of exports works.


Though on windows platform this behavior could be legit (but at lead with proper error message so the user knows what its the problemen), because on windows / are forbidden in filenames. This characters are perfectly legit on Mac OS (in Mac Os, only the : character is forbidden) and are used a lot to display dates.

Steps to reproduce the problem

export a file as .xlsx with a filename of that kind "report of the 12/01/2011.xlsx"

Expected result

Show export the file without problem

Actual result

Can't export the file. Error message is this one :

Exact text of any error message(s) that appear

“?” could not be created on this disk.  Use a different name, make more room on the disk, unlock it or use a different disk.

Configuration information

Mac OS X 10.6.8 and 10.7

Workaround

don't put / characters in filenames (even though their are legit on mac os x)

Please pay attention to make sure all allowed Mac OS X characters are indeed allowed. In Mac OS X all characters are legit except ":", so Filemaler should allow filenames with all legit characters of the current platform. And at leads warn accordingly if those charcetres are forbidden

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