what operation were you doing when you got this, printing maybe ?
Unless your disk is full, which sometimes happens , I would say that the file could not be created because you don't have access to the directory where FMP tries to create the file.
Search the forums for this error. This has come up from time to time. In certain circumstances, FM does not clear its temp files. Quit FM and reboot your computer. Then go to the folder where FM stores these files and delete them all.
I don't know the path off hand and you didn't say what platform you have. That's where searching for answer will help you.
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Not sure if this is your case, but in the past when I've seen this error it's turned out that I had the original file open, and FM just couldn't overwrite it. In those cases, the error message isn't especially descriptive of what's actually happening, so I thought I'd mention.
Otherwise, of course, it could just be what the message says, that you either don't have access to create files in that directory, or even that your disk is full. I'd imagine you would've spotted that one, but to be sure you might want to try to manually create the file in the target directory and see if you get any more explicit errors from your OS.
Thanks for the input. I was just trying to open FileMaker when I got this message. I tried repairing permissions, repairing the HD, nothing worked. I finally did a system reinstall because other weird things were happening, like the Finder always crashing.
This all happened after a crash during a remote login session. Even after the system reinstall I got the same message. I changed the permissions on the private directory (and so the tmp directory) and that solved the problem.
The .tmp file gets created as a local scratch file when a database is opened. It's the repository of local changes that haven't yet been shipped over the wire due to network latency, etc., and also for incoming data that you've requested from the server. From help:
"It is suggested that you have at least 2 times, preferably 3-4, the total size of all of your databases in free space on the startup drive to be safe."