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Ian Bate

Exporting External File References

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Hi, I'm an absolute novice with FileMaker but I'm having to do a data export for a client.

I have various container fields storing PDFs, XLS files etc. I've moved them from internal to external storage and I can see them all on my file system.

Now when I export the records, selecting all fields, I can't see a link between the record and the external file. I would have expected a path or similar.

Can anyone advise how I might be able to do this?

Thanks in advance.

 

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Not sure what exactly your question is. What format do you export to and how do you want the container field to show in the exported file?

 

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Careful... use the external storage feature for container data is not meant for you to then work with those files on the file system.  Those external files now need to be treated like actual live FM files.

As to seeing the 'link': if you set up the storage path to have meaning (for instance include the table name, ID of the record,...) then you would be able to make the mental link between the exported FM data and the stored container data.

You can use various elements of the record in the storage path, it's a calculation.

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'You can use various elements of the record in the storage path, it's a calculation

This is exactly what I need, many thanks.

 

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