What happens if FM is auched, and then you double click the file in the finder?
One possibility: based on you using a file removed from the server
There may be External Data References in the file which are looking for related files in the same directory. Failing to find them when the file is moved elsewhere puts FileMaker into a network search mode which may fail to resolve for several minutes, giving the appearance of locking up FileMaker.
Generally, if you wait long enough, you will eventually be told FileMaker cannot find some specific file and you'll then see a dialog to locate and open it. Unfortunately, this may happen with multiple related files from that same open file, making its use in a new location without the referenced file all but worthless.
If you wait and get it open, and need to repurpose it, you can change or remove the old Data References.
If FM is already open, no problem
Good point. We are using IWP for multi-user access to the database using a commercial server (in this case Triple8 Network - www.888.net). This is a relational database with simple changes made to records; sometimes newones added. I can't think if any related files - only one FM file in play (as far as I know)
Are there any other FM files open when it opens the file cleanly?
When you say FM is open first, has it been Quite/Existed completely since the last time this file had been opened or just had the file's windows closed? There may be referenced files still open hidden in the background which speed the opening.
If there are any startup script routines in this file, what are they doing?
A couple of more extreme approaches would be a fresh install of FileMaker 11, latest update. If this still happens, run a copy of the file in question through Recover and see if the log reports anything wrong.
No other FM files open
FM has been closed (Quit) completely
No related files in play
No scripts running.
I have a workaround - to launch FM before I try to open a FM data file. But, it would be more convienent to opne the file and launch at the same time.
- But, it would be more convienent to opne the file and launch at the same time.
Yes, and it should work. I think it's worth the reinstall and test recover on a copy. If you can fix the problem or identify it's real cause, you can get it working as it should.
Until it's fixed, you don't really know how serious it is.
Look behind the window that just opened. I'm sure there is a dialog waiting for a button click.
Looked for window (behind and elsewhere) - no other windows.