PDF to Temp Folder on Mac OSX FM10

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Andrew Markham

13 May, 2010 09:10 PM

I am having problems achieving a print to PDF for attachment in Send Mail script step using a temp folder.

When I use filemakers Get(TemporaryPath) to create the PDF with PrintSwitch nothing occurs suggesting invalid path/privileges. It seems to be privileges as the FM export records script step works fine to the same path.

However if I use the absolute path /tmp/ or /var/tmp/ as suggested then the PDF is created but the Send Mail script step in FM can pick up the attachment. Once again to to privileges I guess.

Any suggestions here?

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Support on 17 May, 2010 06:48 PM

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    The problem is that if you use Get(TemporaryPath), FileMaker adds the volume name to the path, whereas PrinterSwitch requires a standard Unix path, e.g.

    if your volume is named 'MacHD' then Get(TemporaryPath) will resolve into something like:

    however, the correct Unix path in that case would be

    In your calculation you could remove the string before the second slash to solve the problem.

    Let me know if this helps,

  2. Support closed this discussion on 17 May, 2010 06:48 PM.

  3. andrew Markham re-opened this discussion on 18 May, 2010 01:24 AM

  4. 2 Posted by andrew Markham on 18 May, 2010 01:24 AM

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    Thanks luk,

    This hit the nail on the head. Works a treat thanks.

  5. Support closed this discussion on 18 May, 2010 05:06 AM.

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