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I'm trying to get FileMaker Pro 9 to work on Os X 10.10 (unsupported). Having installed a fresh copy of FileMaker on a new Mac I get an error stating that 'some required files are damaged or not installed'.

However, when I updated another Mac from 10.7 to 10.10 with Filemaker already installed, it continues to work without problems.

Does anyone have a suggestion on how to find out what files are missing on the new machine? They've got to be system or preference files as the application folder is excactly the same.

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Filemaker versions prior to 12 may or may not work well on OS 10.10.x

From Filemaker Support:

FileMaker 12 and earlier versions of FileMaker have not been tested or certified with OS X Yosemite (10.10). These products were developed and released before OS X Yosemite became available.

While these earlier versions may install and run on OS X Yosemite (10.10), you may encounter installation and stability issues for which there is no resolution. (Italics added)

Although you may get older versions (Version 9 was released back in OS X 10.5 days) to work on newer systems, it is hit and miss. You could try a fresh install again of FileMaker to see if you can get it to 'stick.' Be careful to keep a backup of your data. I can imagine if you are still using FM 9 that you have a great deal of important data that has accumulated in your solution over the years.

As for the exact missing files between your installs, that would require a deep look at both installations and compare every tiny little file in the system. Excruciatingly painful. It is impossible to determine without access to the system in question.

The files to check are System files in the ~/Library/Application Support/FileMaker and possibly other places.

There are several professional developers who can assist you with migrating your solution to a newer version. (current is FileMaker 14) This is expensive, but if your business relies on data and downtime is critical, this is a small price to pay. Converting a file from .fm7 to .fm12 is not trivial, but it is not very difficult for a seasoned developer. (Not assuming your development skill level here.) This would probably be best as it will prolong the life of your solution. Especially with OS X 10.11 around the corner.

  • Thanks for your answer. The main reason for trying this is to prevent the cost of upgrading our multiple filemaker 9 licenses. Reinstalling on the new machine does not work, tried that serveral times. While I'm aware that comparing files is a pain, I'm up for it. I've tried using Opensnoop on both Filemaker copies to compare the file usage, but I doubt that's the right way. – kjid Aug 13 '15 at 13:57
  • Understandable. FM upgrades are a large investment especially for a small company. Just have to weigh the pro and cons of staying with legacy software vs. future updates and changes. Cost is a big one especially short term. Depends on your long term goals, I suppose. Cheers! – bjbk Aug 13 '15 at 14:45
  • We decided to upgrade our solution to .fmp12 and get Filemaker 14 licenses. Thanks for your help. – kjid Aug 20 '15 at 8:18
  • Happy to help! Hope all works out. – bjbk Aug 22 '15 at 3:47

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