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I have a Filemaker database created a couple of years ago by a former employee. I never met the guy and have no way of getting ahold of him. I want to make changes to the database that he created, but I don't know how to get around the scripts that he created. The database opens automatically and everything is disabled, so I can't add a field that I want to add. Is there any way that I can extract the tables from the file without running the scripts or disable the scripts so that I can get to the data?

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John
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by:Lieven Embrechts
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I don't know what version of filemaker you're using on which platform, but generally you can press option or command (alt or windows-key) to prevent startup scripts from running.
Chances are high the database is protected too with a password, in which case you need the proper tools to find and disable that default password. (mail me at el@bulo.be, i'll help you out)
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Lieven Embrechts earned 2000 total points
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As you found out with filemaker 5.0 you get a password prompt when pressing the shift key.
The most effective tool to retrieve the password is indeed by using the password cracking program from Passware for Filemaker.
You will be able to detect the password then and you will be able to type it in.
Next step is to give full access to a blank password.
Now you can access scripts and get rid of the steps you don't want.

If you get stuck, let me know, i have a few other tricks if neccesary.
In filemaker 5 it is quite easy to tamper with the passwords area in the database and recover it.
Also the name of the startup script is visible so it can be disabled in hex.
Sometimes quite strange passwords are used (with lots of ctrl-cmd key combinations) so it can be a bit tricky to detect the correct password, even with passware.
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Got it!
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