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Import alias file does not work

Question asked by pdoak_1 on Jan 6, 2015
Latest reply on Jan 14, 2015 by TSGal


Import alias file does not work


FileMaker Pro



Operating system version

Mac OS X 10.10.1

Description of the issue


Filemaker Pro Advanced 12.05v5
Mac OS X 10.10.1
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Experience: 4 years

I have a script which imports a file into a table. The script gets the file path from a variable in the format: filemac:/Macintosh HD/Users/path_to_file/filename.csv

The file is an alias pointing to the actual file in another location on my hard disk. When the script runs, I get an error message saying unknown error:20401. If I replace the alias with the actual file and run the script, it imports the file as expected. If I import the alias file manually, Filemaker will import it but it just won't seem to do it via a script if the file is an alias.

This seems to be a bug.

Many Thanks


Steps to reproduce the problem

See above

Expected result

The file should be imported into filemaker table

Actual result

Unknown error: 20401

Exact text of any error message(s) that appear

see above


Use an applescript to get the actual location of the file from the alias.

tell application "Finder"
      set theFilePath to alias theFile
      set HFSfilePath to the original item of theFilePath as text
end tell