After reading more of the topics I can provide more information. I have deleted FIlemaker and all its pref files and reinstalled. I have used recover on files, let it automatically recover and created new files and the problem is happening with too much frequency. I can provide crash log files in handfuls due to how often this is happening.
This is getting so bad..... Installed on my 8core Mac, created a no record clone of the file, did a recovery that found no problems. Imported the data and tried to set some external data sources. Wham, Here is a partial log. Here is a partial crash log.
Process: FileMaker Pro 
Path: /Applications/FileMaker Pro 10/FileMaker Pro.app/Contents/MacOS/FileMaker Pro
Version: 10.0.3 (10.0.3)
Code Type: X86 (Native)
Parent Process: launchd 
Date/Time: 2009-10-07 17:46:37.537 -0700
OS Version: Mac OS X 10.6.1 (10B504)
Report Version: 6
Interval Since Last Report: 17500 sec
Crashes Since Last Report: 2
Per-App Interval Since Last Report: -538861 sec
Per-App Crashes Since Last Report: 2
Anonymous UUID: EF2C0467-F16B-43F7-9659-42B33DA5BCDF
Exception Type: EXC_BAD_ACCESS (SIGSEGV)
Exception Codes: KERN_INVALID_ADDRESS at 0x00000000dde8c389
Crashed Thread: 0 Dispatch queue: com.apple.main-thread
Application Specific Information:
objc_msgSend() selector name: release
Thread 0 Crashed: Dispatch queue: com.apple.main-thread
0 libobjc.A.dylib 0x93ab891b objc_msgSend + 27
1 com.apple.DesktopServices 0x95d9b589 TFSInfo::~TFSInfo() + 29
2 com.apple.DesktopServices 0x95d9ba35 TFSInfo::RemovePtrReference() + 35
3 com.apple.DesktopServices 0x95db4278 TNode::IsUnresolved() const + 48
4 com.apple.DesktopServices 0x95da8c60 TNode::SetAliasTarget(TNodePtr const&, bool) + 236
5 com.apple.DesktopServices 0x95dec900 TNode::ClearAliasTarget(bool) const + 60
6 com.apple.DesktopServices 0x95ded723 TNode::RemoveSelf(TNodeEventPtrSet&) + 193
7 com.apple.DesktopServices 0x95dedb37 TNode::RemoveAllChildren(bool, TNodeEventPtrSet&) + 425
8 com.apple.DesktopServices 0x95dedbdb TNode::RecursivelyRemoveAllChildren(bool) const + 75
9 com.apple.DesktopServices 0x95df52e0 TNode::Finalize(TNodePtr*&) + 56
10 com.apple.DesktopServices 0x95df5576 TNode::Finalize() + 264
11 com.apple.DesktopServices 0x95e02855 NodeContextClose + 542
12 com.apple.AppKit 0x91e4b1f8 -[NSNavFBENode dealloc] + 49
13 com.apple.CoreFoundation 0x907fe9d8 CFRelease + 152
14 com.apple.QuickLookFramework 0x96755d4a _QLPreviewCFFinalize + 215
15 com.apple.CoreFoundation 0x907febab _CFRelease + 363
16 com.apple.Foundation 0x90060adb __delayedPerformCleanup + 74
17 com.apple.CoreFoundation 0x90874f22 CFRunLoopTimerInvalidate + 786
18 com.apple.CoreFoundation 0x9083019b __CFRunLoopRun + 7531
19 com.apple.CoreFoundation 0x9082dd34 CFRunLoopRunSpecific + 452
20 com.apple.CoreFoundation 0x9082db61 CFRunLoopRunInMode + 97
21 com.apple.HIToolbox 0x903eefec RunCurrentEventLoopInMode + 392
22 com.apple.HIToolbox 0x9057683a GetNextEventMatchingMask + 453
23 com.apple.HIToolbox 0x905769f0 WNEInternal + 160
24 com.apple.HIToolbox 0x90576b9b WaitNextEvent + 57
25 com.filemaker.client.pro 0x001a7e4c FMGetEvent(short, XNEventRecord*, unsigned char) + 108
26 com.filemaker.client.pro 0x001a7f23 CFMProApp::GetEvent(EventRecord*) + 51
Tried pasting in more of the log but the forum will reject way less than 20,000 characters
Thank you for your detailed posts.
Please look over Knowledge Base Article #7360. It can be found at:
Please follow the information in the article and then try again. Please continue to keep us updated with any progress.
I read the article but I am not using ODBC. Strictly Filemaker File Paths. 99% of the time the crash occurs after I select an external data file which dismisses the file dialog box and displays the path to the file I have chosen. One to Two seconds later FM hangs, displays the spinning ball and then crashes. Easily repeated on two different computers both running Snow Leopard. I can provide the files I have recovered, rebuilt, redesigned, reimported etc, etc but they total over 80mb. The files I am trying to reference were converted to FM from Excel. Rebuilding or reimporting and checking the excell files for wierd characters etc, etc does not help. I tried creating fields and then importing the data from the excel files or directly importing and there are still dozens of crashes while trying to establish these files as data sources.
The only way around this is to type the file path directly into the FM dialog and not choose the actual file.
PS It is almost impossible to paste in a crash log to this forum, not because of the length but because this forum encodes the happy face in some way that converts much of the text from a mac crash log into different kinds of faces. This results in a message calling a text block over 20,000 characters when it may be only a few thousand characters long. If crash logs are of any use here perhaps this can be fixed.
Thank you for the additional information.
When you initially said "external data sources", I was assuming External SQL Data Source (ESS). That was the reason for the Knowledge Base article. Sorry for the confusion.
Just to clarify, you are receiving a crash when you try to connect to another FileMaker Pro file. Correct?
I use FileMaker Pro 10.0v3 on Snow Leopard (10.6.1), and I am able to open remote files, link external files to the current file, etc., and I do not encounter any difficulty. I see sending in the file is prohibitive (80 MB), so if you have a clone that I can test, or provide a scenario to try, I would appreciate it.