Thank you for the post.
“When attempting to open an external FileMaker file referenced using wild card notation, the external FileMaker file does not open.”
This would be expected behavior. Did wildcard notation like this work in versions of FileMaker before 13?
Regardless, if you would like to see a change in this behavior, I would encourage you to enter this as a suggestion into our Feature Requests web form at:
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Many thanks for the quick response.
This feature existed in FileMaker Go 13. You can verify this by running the same test in FileMaker Go 13.
This is essential in cases where the host machine IP address can change or is not known.
The feature also exists in FileMaker Pro and has for as long as I can remember. There was a brief period where it didn't work in FileMaker Pro 13, but it was reinstated in the later versions of this product.
I'm not sure why this feature would be taken out so I would say it's a bug. Could it be treated as such to give it a higher chance of being reinstated in FileMaker Go 14?
Thank you for the reply and I apologize for my mistake.
After further testing, you are correct that this functionality worked in FileMaker Go 13, but is no longer working with FileMaker Go 14.0.1.
“Could it be treated as such to give it a higher chance of being reinstated in FileMaker Go 14?”
I forwarded a full report and your comments to Testing and Development for review.
Many thanks again TSFalcon.
All the best,
Hmmm, I was told a long time ago (FMP 10 days) that using an asterisk in an external data source reference string was a bad idea as it could lead to delays in finding and opening a file. Is that still the case?An entry in the Known Bugs List has been linked to this Issue Report. Any Comments/Questions/Suggested Corrections should be posted here or in a new thread. Please do not post such comments to the Known Bugs List thread.
Hmmm, I was told a long time ago (FMP 10 days) that using an asterisk in an external data source reference string was a bad idea as it could lead to delays in finding and opening a file. Is that still the case?
When the file is there, it's generally fast. When the file isn't there it fails fairly quickly in my experience. I think I've seen one instance in the last couple of years where startup was slow due to the wildcard. And by slow, I mean about 1 minute.
But anyway, connecting eventually is better than connecting never, no?
Thanks for adding to the known bugs list.