In my case it's sporadic and tends to happen after running the Unix weeklies etc via Onyx.
gimbal, Rick Whielaw,
I apologize for the late reply.
You correctly identified the message: "Do you want the application "FileMaker Pro Advanced.app" to accept incoming network connections?" as being generated by the OS X firewall.
FileMaker Pro uses Port 5003, and this does not change. A client with Firewall enabled has to allow for the application's "incoming connections" in the Mac OS X System Preferences. Have you tried changing these settings?
I've found the Apple Knowledge Base article, HT1810, on firewall configuration helpful.
Thank you for posting.
TSTuatara, thank you for the reply, but it does not help, and I think you missed the issue.
Yes, on a clean, generic install of Mac OS X 10.6, after you simply turn Firewall "ON" with no other settings, it is supposed to ask this ONCE, and remember the choice. The problem is that it asks EVERYTIME. I've tried manually adding FileMaker to the list with "Allow Incoming Connections" but that doesn't stick either.
Other programs, such as MS Office, Skype, etc, all get one initial prompt and the choice is remembered. So there is obviously an issue between FileMaker and MacOS X firewall. This is a problem for a large office because everyone asks why it doesn't "stick" everyday.
IMHO, the application firewall does not 'set' the proper ports for FileMaker, resp. not under all circumstances... Can anybody confirm this?
I don't use the OSX firewall anymore - on our Mac's, the built in firewall is disabeled and we are using the router' firewall (or a seperate firewall app' where we can specify ports)