Deleting a FileMaker Go File

Deleting a FileMaker Go file is easy to do manually: swipe, tap, and it’s gone. But what about scripting the deletion? Piece of cake. Simply export a zero found set.

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Case Study – Updating a FileMaker Solution
It helps to understand when it’s appropriate to delete an FM Go file from an iPad or an iPhone. Let’s say you want to deploy periodic updates of a FileMaker solution to an iOS device without syncing. When a user checks for updates, the solution creates a local backup of itself, and the new version imports the user’s data from the backup. This keeps the user’s data private and eliminates the need to sync single-user solutions with a hosted file.

But what happens to the backup? After the import, it’s no longer needed, and should be deleted.

Sample File
Here’s a sample file with a script that deletes an FM Go file. LDprototype_delFile.fmp12. It’s best downloaded to your iPad or iPhone to test, and to your computer to analyze.

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See it in Action
The technique explained here is used in our own LD iOS Solutions, which are available for free download in our store.