Thank you for the post.
Ignoring the permissions may be the issue. On Mac OS "the folder must be owned by the user fmserver (or in the group fmsadmin)."
Page 252 of the FileMaker Server 12 Help Guide contains "Tips for valid folders:
Note: The following information is for server administrators and group administrators. The folders you specify as a default backup folder, a progressive backup folder, and as an additional database folder must be valid.
• Specify a folder on a local volume, not on a remote volume. If you want to store database backups on a remote volume, first backup the database to a local volume, and then copy the backup to a remote volume.
• Ensure that the folder has permissions set correctly so that FileMaker Server can read and write to the folder.
(Mac OS) The folder must be owned by the user fmserver (or in the group fmsadmin).
• Specify the folder as an absolute path:
• Windows: The path you enter must start with filewin:/ and end with a slash (/). For example, filewin:/driveLetter:/folderName/
• Mac OS: The path you enter must start with filemac:/ and end with a slash (/). For example, filemac:/volumeName/folderName/
• The folder path cannot contain any characters or words reserved by the operating system.
For example, the folder path cannot contain a colon (:) character on Mac OS, and the folder path cannot contain com1 on Windows.
• The default backup folder and progressive backup folder cannot be a parent or a subfolder of the default database folder, the additional database folder, or the Scripts folder. The additional database folder cannot be a parent or a subfolder of the default database folder, the backup folder, or the Scripts folder. See Default folder settings."
Well I have a USB stick mounted. I have enabled permissions, and changed the ownership:
servicesadmin$ sudo chown -R fmserver:fmsadmin /Volumes/FMSbackup/ servicesadmin$ ls -al /Volumes/FMSbackup/
total 32 drwxrwxrwx 9 fmserver fmsadmin 374 Mar 11 15:39 . drwxrwxrwt@ 4 root admin 136 Mar 11 15:39 .. -rw-rw-rw-@ 1 fmserver fmsadmin 12292 Mar 11 15:40 .DS_Store drwxrwxrwx 5 fmserver fmsadmin 170 Feb 11 17:17 .Spotlight-V100 drwxrwxrwx@ 3 fmserver fmsadmin 102 Feb 11 17:28 .Trashes drwxrwxrwx 3 fmserver fmsadmin 102 Feb 12 15:12 .fseventsd drwxrwxr-x 3 fmserver fmsadmin 102 Mar 11 15:39 Backups
But still unable to select /Volumes/FMSbackup/Backups/ as a valid backup destination. The ownership and permissions match what is on the normal Backup folder. So I'm not sure what is wrong.
Ah- and now on a whim I took out the /Volumes/ from the pathname. It really seems like this could be simpler-most people would put in the working pathname, not just starting at the volume name. The documentation example does show that, but all the emphasis is placed elseswhere (like the closing "/").
filemac:/Volumes/FMSbackup/Backups/ = BAD
filemac:/FMSbackup/Backups/ = GOOD
Thank you for the reply.
Can you take a screenshot of the "Get Info" window for the folder in question?
Does the "Sharing and Permissions" section match the screenshot below?
Thank you for the update.
I am leaving my previous post as the screenshot may add to a future user's understanding of this issue. Thank you letting us know the resolution.