on an open FM file? you can save a copy by script
I would suggest the Output File Path is set by variable (append the timestamp, perhaps?)
Setting a timer:
The FileMaker client (Pro / Advanced) does not automatically back up files, unless you program it to. (FileMaker Server does.)
If you want to do this using just the client, you should look at Install OnTimer Script.
Hating that refresh ...
Doesn't the "Flush cache to disk" command also force FileMaker to save the data to the open file?
I assume you have a single dbase on the hard drive of your computer? (as opposed to being on the cloud, or hosted by FMServer)
To cut it fine...FMP "saves the file" whenever a record is committed (changing layout, changing record, clicking outside of a field...). I guess technically it is saving changes to the file...
You could save a copy, but every 5 minutes seems pretty severe. Why not just back up your computer daily?
If you lost all data in every record, there is more going on than just FMP not saving.
FMP does not work like MSWord where no changes are saved until you tell it to...the data is saved as you go...each time a record is committed.
Unless you were on a single active record for 13 days...dig deeper to find the true root cause.
Ha...slow load this morning and saw only the OP...didn't realize that it had already been handled...sorry.
FileMaker Pro does not make backups and backing up or copying an opened FMP file can corrupt it. So you don't want to copy it while using it. Don't even run a virus scan of it while open or you can corrupt it. As noted above, you can do a Save As copy every so often though, but that is a manual process.
FileMaker Server can make scheduled backups. Scheduled backups can make full backups, which are usually done for daily backups, etc.
FileMaker Server also has a feature to do Progressive Backups that writes changes to the database at set intervals, the default being every 5 minutes.
My recommended backup schedule is to have 4 daily backups, 4 weekly ones, 4 monthly ones, and I run progressive backups at 5 minutes.
Note that full backups REALLY slow FileMaker Server down a lot. Progressive backups do not.
Thanks everyone for there input. I managed to save a copy of the open file and set ti attire intervals.
Let me try that again:
Thanks everyone for there input. I managed to save a copy of the open file and set set to save on time intervals.
if backing up the computer daily it's very important to NOT backup open FM files. I have each file save a copy to a different directory when closed. Then Time machine only backs up the copies and not the live files.