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Using FILEREAD() on remote directories

Alaska Hi Sunil -

 Can we use FILEREAD() to access and read files that reside in other directories besides the local one?  When trying to reference these files, I get an error message if I try to use paths or variables.

 Any tips?  thanks!

Posted on: 10:32 am on October 11, 2002
EBookCompiler mmm... I'm pretty sure you can

Have you checked the path your are passing is correct?

What is the statement that you're using?

Posted on: 1:00 am on October 13, 2002
Alaska ahhh, life is better after a reboot.  Honest, I was getting a total stonewall - I kept getting an error message telling me the filename argument would only accept chars or letters.  I guess my environment was hit with a cosmic ray or something...

 I guess that's what happens in the wee hours of the morning.

 Now that it's working, I find that specifying the exact path works fine.  And, the really nifty thing with FILEREAD() is that if you don't specify a specific path, it puts it into a TEMP subdirectory, in a long obscure path.

That makes it harder to find, which is helpful for this project. Just for the record, we used:




... they both work.  

- thanks for the quick response, Sunil, and sorry for the false alarm!

Posted on: 3:26 am on October 13, 2002
Alaska Ok, I've two more questions:

1)  How does one insert line breaks and carriage returns into the text being written while doing a FILEWRITE()?  and,

2)  Can I store and retrieve multiple chunks of text in one file with FILEREAD() and FILEWRITE()?

 My solution was to write a bunch of variables to a single, long line in a .js file.  It works, but looks a little goofy.  Is there a better way?


Posted on: 6:31 am on October 14, 2002
Alaska Ok, once again I'm answering my own question, 'cause I didn't search ebookcode.com thoroughly.

It mentions using the {linefeed} to do just that.  a linefeed.   Cool - now I've got pretty formatting in my .js file!

Looking at the example, I realize I that if I want to append the file, I can read it in, and add more text to it using JavaScript, and rewrite it again using Activ.  

It's a bit clunky, but sometimes clunky works.  And, I'm always looking for better ways if anyone has one...

So, I now have a demo of a form that writes a file, and reads it back into either a new form window for editing or a mail-merge-type letter.  I did it for a fellow ebooker on this forum (and myself), and can email it to whosoever cares upon request.

Posted on: 10:27 pm on October 14, 2002

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