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12Oct 2017

How to Disconnect Ghost FileMaker Sessions on Your Server

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Agnes Riley Agnes Riley

Agnes is a Senior Application Developer, and a jack of all trades, master of none. While she mostly enjoys crafting pretty things and integrating different technologies, she is equally a fan of helping clients with data parsing from Excel to FileMaker. When she is not chained to her MacBook Pro, she can be found hanging off a rope in an indoor climbing gym or holding onto the handlebars on her red and white motorcycle.

Comments (7)

Nick Stockbridge - November 21, 2017

This is a fantastically useful article. The problem has definitely happened to me. Thanks very much for this tip.

    Agnes Riley
    Agnes Riley - November 21, 2017

    Hi Nick,

    Thank you so much! I’m glad you found it useful.


Donald Clark (@FMProGurus) - January 24, 2018

Thanks, Agnes! This one is going in the tool chest.

    Dawn Heady
    Dawn Heady - February 7, 2018

    Glad you have found Agnes’ post useful!

xjohn renfrew - February 2, 2018


This doesn’t work… I have added cmd.exe /c to the start as per the BaseElements help but it just creates a ghost session of its own that refuses to disconnect and locks up the calling FileMaker file

    Dawn Heady
    Dawn Heady - February 7, 2018

    I’m sorry that FileMaker Server did not respond to the command. Just as FileMaker Server might not respond to a command you initiate from the Admin Console, so too might be the case with the command line. In that case I recommend using the Admin Console (or command line) to close all the hosted files, stop FileMaker Server, restart the server computer, and then restart FileMaker Server, if it is not set to do so automatically on startup.
    Best of Luck,

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