[FX.php List] calling scripts from FX help

Peter Bates p.bates at sjcpl.org
Fri Oct 21 08:15:34 MDT 2005


I gave up a long time ago to attempt to serve up files on the web  
from a container field since there is too many variations of trying  
to specifly where to automatically download a file to a patrons  

Since I'm a newbie to FX.php, I have not personally tried this out,  
(yet). I'm guessing that this should work under php. I have been  
using xslt for my custom web publishing and here is the way I serve  
up files to my users:

I don't use a container field, instead I use a calculation field and  
a text field in the database and I have a folder, or nested folders,  
located on the web server for file storage. The way it works is  
anything I want my patrons to be able to download, I store it in this  
folder. I then enter the exact name of the file in the text field.  
The calculation field builds the complete path to the file. In the  
filemaker database:

FileName (text field)
FilePath (calculation field)   If ( IsEmpty ( FileName ) ; "" ; "/ 
FolderName/" & FileName )

Then the xslt  basically serves it up as a href with a conditional  
test that only shows a link if the FilePath field is not empty. Here  
is the xslt code that works for me:

<xsl:for-each select="fmrs:resultset/fmrs:record/fmrs:field 
     <xsl:if test="position() != 0"/>
           <xsl:attribute name="href">
                <xsl:value-of disable-output-escaping="yes"  
                        <xsl:comment> With the following if statement in
                        place the URL title will only display only if
                        the URL field is not empty </xsl:comment>
           <xsl:if test="fmxslt:break_encode(.)!=''"> Click here to  
download the file</xsl:if>
           <xsl:if test=". = ''">
                 <xsl:text disable-output-escaping="yes">&amp;nbsp;</ 

If you want to see how this works, goto:  http://fmcwp.sjcpl.org/fmi/ 

If you want to try this out. This is the xslt version. I'm currently  
rewriting it for FX.php.

Peter Bates
Microcomputer Network Specialist
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On Oct 21, 2005, at 7:17 AM, Michael Layne wrote:

> Greg,
> Thanks... I had a feeling that was the case.  It's pretty  
> important, so I'd probably be interested in seeing a workaround  
> (even an ugly one).
> The example was just a text file, but the requirement is for  
> anything (mostly .doc, .xls, .pdf).  On the client side, there's a  
> custom plug-in that kicks off the launch of the selected document,  
> and supposedly it works through IWP, which is what we're trying to  
> avoid due to the access limits (100 concurrent users).
> If you think it's possible to write a small plug-in to allow the  
> script to be called from FMSA, I have a resource I can tap.   
> Otherwise, ugly sounds good.
> Thanks very much,
> Michael
> On Oct 21, 2005, at 1:17 AM, Greg Lane wrote:
>> I don't believe it is possible to execute any of the non-web  
>> compatible script steps (which includes Export Field Contents)  
>> through FMSA. There are some ugly workarounds, like using some  
>> sort of triggering mechanism to fire off a script on an FMP client  
>> machine.
>> Is there any possibility of also putting the contents of the  
>> container field's text files into a text field during the import/ 
>> insert process? PHP can read the contents of a text field and  
>> write it to a file.
>> Greg
>> On Oct 20, 2005, at 11:34 PM, Michael Layne wrote:
>>> Well, I've been doing this quite a while, and for some reason, I  
>>> cannot make a script happen...
>>> ...
>>> I think it's the script itself...
>>> Go to Layout [...]
>>> Export Field Contents[...]
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