Upload file in File Attachment field using add record fail

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Hi Dandiebolt,

I have to read any type of file (i.e. PDF, ms office files) from my file system (windows server) and add them to file attachment field into a quickbase table. 

I use javascript (node.js) to read a file with base64 encoding(as quickbase requires files to have base64 encoding) and use http post method (API_AddRecord) to upload the file.  I have made the field as Mandatory (just to ensure the content is there).

I always get error that "Sorry, you didnot supply a value for the required field.... Please provide a non blank value".

I fail to understand that when my console.log is showing value (first line in uploadfiletoqb method), why API is complaining about the field being blank!

I feel I am wrong somewhere which i am not able to comprehend!

Can some one please please help !!!

Here is my code :

var http = require('https');
var request = require('request'); // npm install request
var fs = require("fs");
var buf = new Buffer(1024);

console.log("Going to open an existing file");

var readStream = fs.createReadStream('d:\\MyData\\MyNode.js\\Certificates\\b.pdf',{ encoding: 'base64' });
readStream.on('data', function (chunk) {
    buf += chunk;
console.log("read data 11 "+buf.length);
readStream.on('end', function () {
  console.log("read data "+buf.length);

function uploadfiletoqb(buf1)

console.log("encoded file"+buf1);
var xml = '<qdbapi><udata>mydata</udata><field fid="6" filename="b.pdf">'+buf1+'</field></qdbqpi>';
url : "https://sssss.quickbase.com/db/bm3uve9ig?act=API_AddRecord&username=xxxx@yyyyy.com&password=...;,
method: "POST", 
//headers: {
//"content-type": "text/xml"  
}, function (err, remoteResponse, remotebody){
if (err) {console.log("error"+remoteResponse+" -- "+err); }
    console.log("ok "+remoteResponse +" "+remotebody);


would appreciate help!!!!

thanks & regards
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This might seem silly, but are there any fields on the table that are "required" at the field level?  That is what your error is...  
"Sorry, you did not supply a value for the required field.... Please provide a non blank value"
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Hi Matthew

Thanks for the revert. My issue is not that ... as I have tested it by removing mandatory setting also, but it still doesn't work. The xml content is simply not send to the quickbase. I did simple tests to determinde that.

The issue as per me is that how do i post a http request (since I am running from outside quickbase) for adding a record and uploading a attachment field. 

Can you help me over there ?

My code looks like this :-

var vxml = '<qdbapi><udata>mydata</udata><usertoken>token<\usertoken><field name="Upload" filename="b.pdf">'+buf1+'</field></qdbqpi>';

        url : "https://apollotyres.quickbase.com";,
        path: "/db/bm3uve9ig",
        method: "POST", 
        headers: {
                              "content-type": "text/xml" ,
                              "QUICKBASE-ACTION": "API_AddRecord"
}, function (err, remoteResponse, remotebody){
if (err) {console.log("error"+remoteResponse+" -- "+err); }
    console.log("error "+remoteResponse +" "+remotebody);

Please note buf1 in first line of code where i have declared the XML variable is a base64 encoded content of a PDF file which i am trying to upload.  I am aware how to add a record by passing all parameters data through URL, but unable to do so by passing the XML as data in request.

Hope you can guide me.