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FMP13 Cannot Open Files at Account Log-In

Question asked by LarryGoldman on Aug 21, 2014
Latest reply on May 9, 2017 by TSGal

Summary

FMP13 Cannot Open Files at Account Log-In

Product

FileMaker Pro

Version

13.0v3

Operating system version

10.9.4

Description of the issue

Sometimes, it is necessary to open a (remote) FileMaker file automatically when the computer restarts and the automatic log-in user's account opens, for example, after a power outage.

This help document (http://help.filemaker.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/5296/kw/opening%20remote%20file)
describes a way to open files remotely via an "opener" file.

Using such an opener file as a "Login Item" does not work, though, because of a defect in Filemaker Pro.

Steps to reproduce the problem

1) Create the "opener" file as described in the article so that it opens FMServer_Sample remotely.
2) Test the "opener" by quitting Filemaker and then double-clicking on the opener file. The remote file should open.
3) In System Preferences -> Users & Groups, add the "opener" to the Login Items.
4) Log out and then Log back in.

Expected result

FMServer_Sample should open.

Actual result

FileMaker Pro bounces indefinitely -- the file never opens.

Workaround

User must click on the bouncing FileMaker dock icon for the file to open. FAIL.

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