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Alias for database files in Yosemite not working

Question asked by intex on Nov 4, 2014
Latest reply on Nov 5, 2014 by philmodjunk


Alias for database files in Yosemite not working


FileMaker Pro


12, 13

Operating system version

10.10 Mac OS X

Description of the issue

So far users of our runtime based apps could move their database files away from the runtime to the documents folder for example and then generate an Alias, move that back to the runtime and cut off the "Alias" part in the name and the runtime would find the database.

This does not work anymore in Yosemite and is a major issue, since normally the OS and users would expect to have the program (runtime) in the program folder and their data (database file) in their documents folder or the library folder. With the use of an Alias this was possible, but isn´t anymore.

Steps to reproduce the problem

In Yosemite:
- Move the database file away from the runtime app
- Create an Alias of the database file
- Move the Alias back to the runtime app
- Remove " Alias" from the name of the Alias, so that the name is identical to the database file itself
- Start the runtime app - it will not find it´s database.

Expected result

It should find the database. It worked for years like that. Tested it with FM12 and FM13 based apps on Mac OS X 10.8.5 for example and it works.

Actual result

FM12 and FM13 based apps don´t find the database in Yosemite.

Exact text of any error message(s) that appear

Primary file missing

Configuration information

Standard iMac


None so far.