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FilePathToOS ( FMFilePath )

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Tom Robinson, Kōwhai Computing

Convert from FileMaker filepath to OS filepath (HFS or NTFS)

Sample Input:
FilePathToOS ( "imagemac:/tom/iphone%2F3g.jpg" )
Sample Output:

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Convert the results from Get(FilePath) (‘file:’), a path in a file container field (‘filemac:’, ‘filewin:’), or an image container field (‘imagemac:’, ‘imagewin:’) to a form suitable for AppleScript, DOS, etc. Handles both absolute and relative paths.

Container field on OS Ⅹ (‘image:’ and ‘size:’ are ignored):
From: imagemac:/tom/Me Myself I/Programs/FileMaker Pro/Custom Functions/FilePathToOS/iphone%2F3g.jpg
To: tom:Me Myself I:Programs:FileMaker Pro:Custom Functions:FilePathToOS:iphone/3g.jpg

Get(FilePath) on OS Ⅹ:
From: file:/tom/Me Myself I/Programs/FileMaker Pro/Custom Functions/FilePathToOS/FilePathToOS%2FTest.fp7
To: tom:Me Myself I:Programs:FileMaker Pro:Custom Functions:FilePathToOS:FilePathToOS/Test.fp7

Get(TemporaryPath) on OS Ⅹ:
From: /Amphe/private/var/tmp/folders/501/TemporaryItems/FileMaker/
To: Amphe:private:var:tmp:folders:501:TemporaryItems:FileMaker:

Container field on Windows (‘image:’ and ‘size:’ are ignored):
From: imagewin:/C:/Documents and Settings/Administrator/My Documents/FilePathToOS/iphone3gwin.jpg
To: C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\My Documents\FilePathToOS\iphone3gwin.jpg

Get(FilePath) on Windows:
From: file:/C:/Documents and Settings/Administrator/My Documents/FilePathToOS/FilePathToOS Windows Test.fp7
To: C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\My Documents\FilePathToOS\FilePathToOS Windows Test.fp7

Get(TemporaryPath) on Windows:
From: /C:/Documents and Settings/Administrator/Local Settings/Temp/
To: C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Temp\

Note: these functions are not guaranteed or supported by Please contact the individual developer with any questions or problems.

This is my Custom Function and I want to edit it


You could change the pathpos test to something like the following to reduce function calls:

result = FMFilePath; // NOTE: no longer need to prefix line-return to path

pathpos = Case(
"filemac:" = Left( result; 8 ); 8;
"imagemac:" = Left( result; 9 ); 9;
"file:" = Left( result; 5 ); 5;

Note that also removes the need to prefix a line-return symbol to the path, since we test only the leftmost characters. You can do the same for the Windows portion.

Daniel A. Shockley, New York, NY
July 14, 2010 10:20am

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