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I am running Windows Xp..home edition. I copied filemaker files to a

cdrw disk formatted using Direct CD. When I try to open the files either with Filemaker 4 or Filemaker 6, it opems in restricted mode, and will not let me do anything with the file.

I copied the files back to a zip disk, and the files open correctly, without a problem.

Does anyone have any ideas on what is happening here?


Russ Bunker

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Filemaker database CANNOT be read-only, since Filemaker strores all temp information in the files themselves. So they cannot be run from and kind of CD medium.

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Thank you, Kurt! All the years I have used Filemaker I had never TRIED to open one of my FM databases from a CD....now I understand! It can't be done!

Thanks for the lesson!


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Hi All,

You sure can to open files from a cd on a Mac, but they will be read only.



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and they do work, provided you use a lot of globals instead of fields for users to put in information.

And at least th Mac does not keep the read-only flag when you copy the files over to the hard disk ;grin:

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one application would be to provide your cusomers with a catalog cd. upon opening, run a little batch file that checks for C:/Temp/fmprefs.fp5, and if it does not exist. copy it over using a zipfile self extractor (because of win read-only bug mentioned above). There the orders and user prefs will be stored.

It requires a lot more scripting, since all files on cd are read only, but it saves the customer to install the whole catalog (with images), and to reinstall if there is an update.

On Mac, use preferences folder (applescript, path to preferences folder.).

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