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PSOS Insert From URL, local file on Windows 2012 R2 AWS

Question asked by Jason Wood on Dec 16, 2018
Latest reply on Dec 18, 2018 by Jason Wood

I have had this working on a Mac server a while ago (FMS16 I think) but can't get it working on a Windows 2012 R2 AWS Instance with FMS 17.


I am saving a PDF to the TemporaryPath using "Save Records as PDF"


Then I use "Insert From URL" ("Insert PDF" and similar steps do not work on server) to insert the file from the TemporaryPath into a container. This step generates error 3 (Command is unavailable (for example, wrong operating system or mode)).



//Establish context from ScriptParameter
Set Variable [ $id ; Get ( ScriptParameter ) ]
Go to Layout [ "Print Layout" ( FORMS ) ]
Perform Find [ Restore ]

//Save PDF to TemporaryPath
Set Variable [ $path ; Value: "filewin:" & Get ( TemporaryPath ) & FORMS::uuid & ".pdf" ]
Save Records as PDF [ $path ]

//Insert PDF into Container
Go to Layout [ "Container Layout" ( FORMS ) ]
Set Variable [ $path ; Value: "file://" & Get ( TemporaryPath ) & FORMS::uuid & ".pdf" ]
Insert from URL [ FORMS::containerField ; $path ]
Set Variable [ $test ; Get ( LastError ) ]
Exit Script [ Text Result: $test ]


I know that the PDF saves successfully to the temporary folder. I added a long pause after line 8 so I could confirm this.


The $path passed to Insert from URL looks like this:



Also during a long pause after line 8, I tried putting this into Internet Explorer and it loads the file. So the file is definitely there, and the File URI Scheme works on the machine.


I get error 3 regardless of whether I supply a valid path.


The container field is DEFINITELY on the layout. I checked this 20 different times and 20 different ways!


I granted full access to the script to rule out any problem with permissions (also tried running with a Full Access account).


Record locking is definitely not an issue - I modified other fields in the record in this script just to be certain.


I tried changing Insert from URL to insert into a variable. This was buggy but TSGal confirmed this should work in FMPA17 in this post: Insert from url into a variable fails with file: (FMS is not discussed specifically). Interestingly, the Insert from URL script step returns NO ERROR when inserting into a variable, but the variable is empty.


Note: for anyone wondering why I'm not using "Insert PDF" or similar - those do not work on server.


The error code of 3 is the oddest part. What's that about?


user19752 reports using the above technique on Windows Server 2008 R2 with FMS17 with no problems in this thread: Insert from URL on Windows Server Script - Error 100 (File is missing)


Another user seems to have been unable to do the same thing on a Windows AWS instance (unsure of version): Is there a way to save records as PDF files on server?


Any ideas?