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On my computer, (Windows XP FMP 5.5 & FMD 6) I can open two files with the exact same name that are stored in different directories. On my friend's G4 desktop (OS 10.2 FMP 6 & FMD 6) he can open two files with the exact same name that are stored in different folders. But on his PowerBook (G4 OS 10.2 FMP 6 & FMD 6) if he tries to open a file with the same name as an open file he will get an error that the file is already in use. Do you know why? Jeanne...

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    Default Opening the same filename

    On my computer, (Windows XP FMP 5.5 & FMD 6) I can open two files with the
    exact same name that are stored in different directories. On my friend's G4
    desktop (OS 10.2 FMP 6 & FMD 6) he can open two files with the exact same
    name that are stored in different folders. But on his PowerBook (G4 OS 10.2
    FMP 6 & FMD 6) if he tries to open a file with the same name as an open file
    he will get an error that the file is already in use. Do you know why?

    Jeanne


    J. E. Goodman Guest

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    J. E. Goodman wrote:
    > On my computer, (Windows XP FMP 5.5 & FMD 6) I can open two files with the
    > exact same name that are stored in different directories. On my friend's G4
    > desktop (OS 10.2 FMP 6 & FMD 6) he can open two files with the exact same
    > name that are stored in different folders. But on his PowerBook (G4 OS 10.2
    > FMP 6 & FMD 6) if he tries to open a file with the same name as an open file
    > he will get an error that the file is already in use. Do you know why?
    I have a feeling you aren't really interested in knowing why as much as
    you are in knowing 'how do I do it'. In a word: "DON'T". FileMaker may
    be easily fooled into opening two files with the same name, but you will
    then lose all control as to which file's data is being modified, which
    file's scripts are running, etc. Extending that one word into a more
    descriptive sentence: do not do it.


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    Howard Schlossberg (818) 883-2846
    FM Pro Solutions Los Angeles, California
    Associate Member, FileMaker Solutions Alliance

    Howard Schlossberg Guest

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    Posting on behalf of Jeanne:

    Howard Schlossberg Guest

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    Sorry if this is a duplicate. I just realized my first post had real
    emails in it anbd I'm kicking myself. I tried deleting the post, but
    I'm not sure if that will remove it from all the servers where I'm
    hoping it will be removed. Darn it.

    Posting on behalf of Jeanne Goodman, the original poster in this thread:

    Verizon's Newsgroup mailer is out of whack. Sorry for the direct post, but I've been trying to send this since Tuesday...

    Howard,

    I appreciate your point. Actually, I didn't really want to open two files with the same name. I wanted to import old file information into the new file with the same name. It wouldn't allow it because they have the same name.

    As it turns out I renamed the old files in a script and imported after that, but I still thought it was odd that I *had* been able to do this on other computers with the same configuration and now I can't. I'm simply curious about the change when all other factors appear equal.

    Jeanne

    "Howard Schlossberg" <howardantispahm.fmprosolutions.com> wrote in message
    news:vmefdplut64n05corp.supernews.com...
    >> J. E. Goodman wrote:
    >
    >
    >>> > On my computer, (Windows XP FMP 5.5 & FMD 6) I can open two files with
    >>
    >>
    the
    >>> > exact same name that are stored in different directories. On my friend's
    >>
    >>
    G4
    >>> > desktop (OS 10.2 FMP 6 & FMD 6) he can open two files with the exact
    >>
    >>
    same
    >>> > name that are stored in different folders. But on his PowerBook (G4 OS
    >>
    >>
    10.2
    >>> > FMP 6 & FMD 6) if he tries to open a file with the same name as an open
    >>
    >>
    file
    >> > he will get an error that the file is already in use. Do you know why?
    >
    >
    > > I have a feeling you aren't really interested in knowing why as much
    as > you are in knowing 'how do I do it'. In a word: "DON'T". FileMaker
    may > be easily fooled into opening two files with the same name, but
    you will > then lose all control as to which file's data is being
    modified, which > file's scripts are running, etc. Extending that one
    word into a more > descriptive sentence: do not do it.

    Howard Schlossberg Guest

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