FM - Capture Empty Attachment in Email Script

Posted on 2011-02-16
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
In the attached code, is there a way to capture the nonexistence of a file, say either by If is empty or by capturing an error?  I can do it for the absence of a file, but not for the absence of a file to attach to an email.  Thanks.
Question by:rvfowler2
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Expert Comment

ID: 34920286
Hi rvfowler,

I think you're back to using a file manipulation plug-in like Troi:

Either that or address making sure the files are there from a different angle. How do they get there in the first place?

Expert Comment

ID: 34920314
The other thing you can do is use the same technique you used previously by trying to open the file and catching the error, however, if the file is there then it will open.

Author Comment

ID: 34922045
Thanks.  I think that I want to stay away from Troi just because I have to load it on every single desktop.  I wonder if I could code it so if it opens, I immediately close it?

Regarding presence of the file; it is just the case that we do not have one for every record and will not.  Just the nature of the business.
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Accepted Solution

challengeday earned 500 total points
ID: 34922110
Once the command leaves FM there's no communication back to FM. However, yes, you might be able to send an event to trigger a batch file (or VBScript) to close the file.

Other creative ways to address the issue:
1) Keep track of which records have a file with a checkbox, then simply check the value of the checkbox.

2) Store the files themselves in an FM container on the record itself.

2) Having dummy files for records that don't have one, like the "this page intentionally left blank." It could be a standard document and it might even have useful information as an attachment.


Author Comment

ID: 34926115
For #2, please view another question currently open.  I need a complete strategy for dealing with external docs.

Great idea for #1 at least for files that I create via FM.  I'll use that one (though there is one instance where a file is created outside FM).  Awarding points.  

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