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Access Lotus Notes shared resources with a dynamic Domino URL command

Learn how you can use the dynamic Domino R6 URL command "?OpenFileResource" to access shared resources in a Lotus Notes database.

There is a dynamic Lotus Domino R6 URL command called "?OpenFileResource" that can be used to access any shared resource in a Lotus Notes database. The code in this tip can also be used with all Domino URLs that relate to the same Lotus Notes database.
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In fact, if you need to access other Lotus Notes databases on the same host, you can still omit the host argument and simply use the file name or the replica ID preceded by two underscores.

If you need to access a Lotus Notes database on a different Domino server, you need to provide that Domino server's hostname or IP address.

The formula in the given code dynamically obtains the name of the Lotus Notes database in this line:

cDBName := @ReplaceSubstring

In the above code, @DbName returns a text list that contains the Domino server name and the Lotus Notes database.

@Subset(@DbName; -1) produces the name of the Domino server. However, the name of the Domino server and the hostname are not the same. The hostname is the name associated with the server's IP address in Domain Name System (DNS), or the IP address.

You can find the name of a Domino server in the HTTP section of the server document under "Internet Protocols." If the entry is blank, it uses the name of the machine on which the Domino server runs.

The @ReplaceSubstring command flips the backslash to a forward slash to support Web addressing if the Lotus Notes database contains a long path, such as DDriveMyapp.nsf.

REM "/host/database/style.css?OpenFileResource";
cLink := 
cDBName := @ReplaceSubstring
cFileName := "style.css";
cLink + "/" + cDBName + "/" + 
cFileName + "?OpenFileResource" +">"


In my opinion, it's more efficient to retrieve the "URL ready" database file path using the @WebDbName command:

cDBName := @WebDbName; 

It's much simpler than using the "old fashioned":

cDBName := @ReplaceSubstring

—Tomas Z.


I agree with Tomas Z. in that the newer @WebDbName formula is easier. Also,
"?OpenFileResource" is not new to Lotus Notes Domino R6; this has been around since R5.
—Mike M.

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