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#1: Close File Script Step

Posted on 2008-04-21 17:40:27 by Chris

Hi all,
I have a FileMaker script that closes a series of shared databases. I
run this script early in the morning before I do a backup process. I
have found that if someone is using the shared file (left it open
overnight) then FileMaker will pause the script, and display a pop-up
window that allows you to ask the person to close file, or cancel.
Since this is run early in the morning, I can't actually monitor this
pop-up window and press "ask". I was wondering if there was a way to
get FileMaker to automatically "ask" or to close the file regardless.
If you press "ask" it gives the user 30 seconds to close the file.

Any help would be appreciated, thanks!

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#2: Re: Close File Script Step

Posted on 2008-04-21 21:13:02 by d-42

On Apr 21, 8:40 am, Chris <driz...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I have a FileMaker script that closes a series of shared databases. I
> run this script early in the morning before I do a backup process. I
> have found that if someone is using the shared file (left it open
> overnight) then FileMaker will pause the script, and display a pop-up
> window that allows you to ask the person to close file, or cancel.
> Since this is run early in the morning, I can't actually monitor this
> pop-up window and press "ask". I was wondering if there was a way to
> get FileMaker to automatically "ask" or to close the file regardless.
> If you press "ask" it gives the user 30 seconds to close the file.
>
> Any help would be appreciated, thanks!

It may be time to look at filemaker server. It can do automated
backups without shutting everyone down. I realize that's probably
pretty steep just for unattended backups, but it may bring other
benefits. If you are running an older version of FM, there are usually
bundles available that will get you upgraded to 9.0 and include the
server for next to nothing, and that might be a route to consider.

Something to look into, and probably worth it if you have more than
just a couple people using the database.

-cheers,
Dave

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#3: Re: Close File Script Step

Posted on 2008-04-22 17:42:26 by Chris

On Apr 21, 2:13 pm, d-42 <db.pors...@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Apr 21, 8:40 am, Chris <driz...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Hi all,
> > I have a FileMaker script that closes a series of shared databases. I
> > run this script early in the morning before I do a backup process. I
> > have found that if someone is using the shared file (left it open
> > overnight) then FileMaker will pause the script, and display a pop-up
> > window that allows you to ask the person to close file, or cancel.
> > Since this is run early in the morning, I can't actually monitor this
> > pop-up window and press "ask". I was wondering if there was a way to
> > get FileMaker to automatically "ask" or to close the file regardless.
> > If you press "ask" it gives the user 30 seconds to close the file.
>
> > Any help would be appreciated, thanks!
>
> It may be time to look at filemaker server. It can do automated
> backups without shutting everyone down. I realize that's probably
> pretty steep just for unattended backups, but it may bring other
> benefits. If you are running an older version of FM, there are usually
> bundles available that will get you upgraded to 9.0 and include the
> server for next to nothing, and that might be a route to consider.
>
> Something to look into, and probably worth it if you have more than
> just a couple people using the database.
>
> -cheers,
> Dave

We have FileMaker server but we're verging on our database limit (over
100) We are helping a group migrate their 28 databases into a single
solution, but in order to do that we had to convert from FileMaker 5.0
to 9.0. After doing that, we wanted to utilize the file sharing
FileMaker has built in. Everything works okay, and I don't think it
would cause too big of a problem if the database was left open
overnight during the backup process. Just checking to see if anyone
ran across this problem.

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