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Chapter 18. Importing and Connecting > Using Relative Paths

Using Relative Paths

In previous versions of FileMaker, when you used a script function that called an external file, the program would first look in the folder where the file resided at the time that the script was created. If the file wasn't there, FileMaker searched your hard drive and then all the mounted network volumes for a file of the same name. Since there is always a good possibility that another file by the same name might be found on a network drive, you could end up running your script on a completely different file. Yikes! A potential disaster for all concerned, since FileMaker wouldn't notify you of the substitution.

FileMaker 5.5 now offers the option to specify a relative path. If the relative path option is chosen and the file is not where FileMaker expects it, the Open File dialog box will open, giving you the chance to specify the correct file.


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