Accessing files on a local network file server - BEST PRACTICE?

J. Landman Gay jacque at
Fri Sep 25 14:42:59 EDT 2020

I know very little about Windows network addresses, but from the example you gave, I'd check to 
see if (slash-delimited) item 1 of the path is a single letter followed by a colon.

On 9/24/20 3:53 PM, Paul Dupuis via use-livecode wrote:
> This question may have an obvious answer, but I am brain dead today, so here goes:
> I have a app installed with some customers in a Windows network environment. They have all 
> their laptops set so that their Home directories are on a local network server.
> So, where as on a local laptop, specialFolderPath("documents") might return 
> "C:/Users/<username>/Documents" as the path, for them specialFolderPath("documents") returns 
> something like "//<username>/Documents"
> We save a number of folders and files in the user's Documents folder. In some cases, if the 
> file is not present (i.e. if there is a file tFile is false) we regenerate the file from a 
> default.
> Sometime, the server is offline or the user is disconnected from the network.
> What is a good way to differentiate between:
> 1) one of these files is not present so must be regenerated, i.e
> if there is not a file (specialFolderPath("documents")&slash&tFilename) then
>    -- regenerate the file tFile at location specialFolderPath("documents")
> Versus
> 2) The Server (// is disconnected to down?
> So that in case (1) , we regenerate the file and in case (2) we present a warning that the 
> server is disconnected or down?
> Mu gut says this should be simple, but I just can not wrap my brain around it today.
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