You should be able to to find the file at /Library/FileMaker Server/Data/Removed_by_FMS/Removed/. If it is not there and you cannot find the file name with a search on the system, it might be gone. Next best thing would be a backup.
You should be using the Admin console to close the file and then download a copy to your local machine through the browser.
Then if I can recover it how do I get it back onto the Mac mini so I can work on it locally rather than remotely.
So is the Mac mini a remote server or your local machine????
The mac mini is my own machine that I have at my home and use it exclusively for the Filemaker Server.
The /Library/Filemaker Server/Data..../Removed/ file. Do I access that thru the Admin console, the Mac mini, somewhere else?
You would access the file path through the Finder on the MacMini. You will want to put it back into /Library/Filemaker Server/Data/Databases so it will be visible in the admin console again.
You could also search the machine for the file name or "Removed" and find the folder that way.
Are you running FMP on the same machine?
Sounds like it. It is a tricky situation if OP if having trouble using OS X Finder to move/copy files to start with.
Thanks for helping me with this.
I have FMP on the Mac mini that I am running FMS on. I've searched for the file BigTom suggested and no luck. I could be doing something wrong but when I type the file name in the Magnifying glass it tells me "No results".
I have a back-up copy that I made March 30th but redoing all the files since then isn't going to be a lot of fun.
My next step might be to contact FMS Support tomorrow and see if they can help me.
I would also recommend a FileMaker consultant in your area if it's valuable enough to you. Someone who knows their way around FileMaker could probably help you out very quickly.
I have FMP on the Mac mini that I am running FMS on. ... have a back-up copy that I made March 30th...
Configure FMS to schedule backups every hour, day, week, month or a combination that suits your needs. That's what FMS is for, making backups.
CarlSchwarz has some great advice. Find someone local to help you or someone who can manage your machine via remote desktop.
FMP and FMS on the same machine is not recommended and is tricky in that you should still only ever connect to the file as Remote if you do this. Local editing of a FMS hosted file is not advised. Why would you ever want to edit the file locally? It should stay on a server to allow for backups.
Did you find the file at Macintosh HD/Library/FileMaker Server/Data/Removed_by_FMS/Removed/ ?
Try hosting a "test" file, then remove it, and see if you can find that
You should then ( at least ) see a "Removed" Folder on your Hard Drive
> I can't find the file, although I can see in the Server Log where I removed the file and that it was placed in a ".........../Removed/" location
It is configured to make back-ups on a regular basis. Every hour, then day, etc. And I have a back-up copy from 30 March that's parked on the Desk Top of the Mac-mini.
Yes, I edit the DB's I made remotely but the file I lost was built by another fellow who likes to edit locally. There's no lag and he can work more quickly.
If you have hourly back ups you are good to go, right?