[FX.php List] Handling File Uploads

Head Honcho headhoncho at customikesolutions.com
Thu Feb 7 22:07:09 MST 2013

It is not recommended to touch/use FileMaker's externally stored files.  If you fiddle with them, FileMaker complains and says they've been modified (by an external user).

Certainly keeps the bloat of the solution down, but isn't as helpful as first thought


Michael Ward
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On 08/02/2013, at 11:29 AM, Bob Patin <bob at patin.com> wrote:

> I don't ever upload into container fields, because they just bloat the database. Instead, I upload to directories on the clients' sites, and link to them using a field in the database.
> Now, with FileMaker storing files separately from the database, I may need to rethink my strategy, but with a web app, it basically amounts to the same thing, except that in FM 12 the relationship between attached files and the database is handled by the database itself rather than by using a stored link to an upload.
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> On Feb 7, 2013, at 6:16 PM, Malcolm Fitzgerald <malcolm at notyourhomework.net> wrote:
>> I wondering how other people have handled file uploads to FMPro databases. I've read the docs and they say that web users only get read privileges on container fields. That doesn't prevent us from accepting file uploads in the browser and putting them somewhere so that they can be accessed later on. 
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