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External Data Source Database Disappears (not even in trash) After Calling It to Run Script

Question asked by vttillinghast on Feb 27, 2017
Latest reply on Mar 7, 2017 by vttillinghast

I have a syncing solution for a distributed data entry database. I'm using a helper database to conduct this syncing between the Filemaker GO instances and a master file up on a Filemaker Server.


I ran into a very odd phenomenon. When I run the sync, before it even completes, the helper database is deleted. It doesn't appear in my trash, or anywhere else on the hard drive. However, when I use the debugger to go through it step by step, it works perfectly.


Yes, I am completely sober as I write this. Has anyone ever heard of this sort of thing happening? Suspecting some form of corruption, I rebuild the helper database from a very old copy, but that is doing the same thing.


There have been a few times in the last year when I noticed the debugging process caused different behavior than when a script ran without the debugger. I find that alone very puzzling, never mind the self-deleting file.