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Making symlinks for external container storage work

Question asked by nathanzamprogno on Sep 2, 2018
Latest reply on Sep 3, 2018 by wimdecorte

I want to have the files stored by a container field using external storage kept into a different location -- the directories buried beneath the "base directory" of the hosted FM database are inconvenient and I don't want to make them the subject of a separate SMB file share.


My desired alternate folder is on the same filesystem as the FM server, but in a different path.


I used the Unix utility "ln" to create a symbolic link with the same name to the desired directory and substituted it in, and from the Finder's perspective,  the target via the symlink looks identical to what FM expects.


Nevertheless, trying to place a file in the container field invokes the error "Can not write to the external storage".


I thought symlinks were supposed to be transparent to the system? Is there any way to get this to work?


This is FM Server/ Client v17 on an all Mac network.




The issue was that the user "fmserver" needed to be given explicit access permissions to the alternative directory.