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Editing external FileMaker data sources
A FileMaker data source stores the file paths that FileMaker Pro searches to access an external FileMaker file, table, script, or value list.
To add a FileMaker data source, see Connecting to data sources.
To edit a FileMaker data source:
1. Choose File menu > Manage > External Data Sources.
The Manage External Data Sources dialog box appears.
2. Select the FileMaker data source in the list and click Edit.
The Edit Data Source dialog box appears.
3. You can change the name of the data source, edit the file path, or add another file to the file path list.
File paths can be edited as text. Each FileMaker data source can consist of one or more file paths, separated by carriage returns. See Creating file paths.
4. Click OK.
In many dialog boxes, you have the option of choosing existing data sources or creating new data sources as needed. For example, in the Edit Value List dialog box, you can specify a data source reference to an external FileMaker file that contains a value list that you want to access.
You must re-specify the data source references for related files and files with external scripts if you add or remove filename extensions.
Use the following characters as separators in a file path list: "/", ":", or carriage return.
FileMaker does not recommend using an asterisk (*) as a wildcard character in network file paths as it slows FileMaker network traffic. When possible, replace an asterisk with the appropriate IP address.
Variables are not supported in FileMaker data source references.
Data source references are only to other FileMaker files or to ODBC DSNs. References to other files such as graphics are file paths.
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