How does 'Create Folder' give its result?
livfoss at mac.com
Fri Mar 17 10:02:17 CST 2006
Thanks to all who replied about this. I think Jacque must have been
right about my somehow delaying looking at 'the result' - it really
happened but now I can't reproduce it. Anyway, Jim Ault's suggestion
> Try this snippet and see what you get
> create folder "cde:/illegal:name/"
> get the result
> if it is not empty then
> put it
> answer error it -->"can't create that directory"
> end if
Worked exactly as advertised. So what I described was an unexplained
glitch, possibly something to do with the IDE. The cause of the error
in the first place is something of a mystery to me, and I wondered if
it was something to do with the way the RR engine translates path
strings from Unix-style to Windows-style on the fly. As happens to me
all too often, a search of the documentation didn't reveal anything
Richard G asked
> The hard part is determining exactly what went wrong. When a file or
> folder creation error happens, in most cases all the result says is
> "can't create file" or "can't create folder" with no further
> explanation. How do you advise your users?
Basically, I tell them to pick a folder for themselves rather than
letting the app create one for them, as it's failed to do this. It's
a crude approach and I'm not sure how it's going to play when the
public (UK teachers) gets hold of it. It's about to go on a
controlled beta, so we'll see.
As to 'try', as suggested by Stephen Barncard apparently is
inappropriate. I've never used 'try', so I might do so in another
context if I can get my head round it (reading about it once wasn't
enough for me to get the idea, but I learn more slowly these days). I
guess it comes from a context I don't know.
Graham Samuel / The Living Fossil Co. / UK and France
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