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Non-unique project file names

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07-21-2011 06:51 AM

Can someone tell me why I'm getting this error? see attached.

I guess I have my projects set up incorrectly.. In my project I have a libraries folder called Surface Textures and it is pointing to the correct network folder/use style library is set to yes

It happens with any material that has a texture image.

I want my textures to all be stored in one central network location.

The color style shows this S:\ENGINEERING\Inventor Style Library\Textures\surfaces\Plastic_7.bmp which is where I want my textures.. 

 

I guess part of my question is why were these LibrarySurface texture folders being created?

 

I did delete those 3 workspace locations shown in the image and the error went away but I'm wondering why it happened in the first place.

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Re: Non-unique project file names

07-21-2011 07:54 AM in reply to: mcgyvr

Hi mcgyvr,

 

If you edit your Project file and expand the Options node in the Edit Project pane, you'll see the Using Unique File Names option. I typically recommend setting this to No even if you are using unique file names (which I also recommend). This setting doesn't really enforce unique file names, it merely searches for them. So I find it to cause more problems than it solves.

 

Where I find it to be particularly problematic is when I rename a file in order to purposely break a link so that I can resolve the link to a different file. For instance when working with derived parts and trying to point the part to a new revision of the derived part file. If Using Unique File Names option is set to Yes, Inventor searches every folder/file in the project and takes a long time to tell me what I already know: the file can't be found. However, if I set this option to No, Inventor immediately throws the resolve file dialog and allows me to redirect the link.

 

I've not noticed any problems with setting this option to No, but again we use a very structured file naming scheme that precludes non-unique file names from happening.

 

I hope this helps.

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Curtis

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Re: Non-unique project file names

07-21-2011 09:14 AM in reply to: Curtis_Waguespack

I have set it to No... We shall see. I ONLY see this issue with texture images.

Thanks

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Re: Non-unique project file names

03-19-2013 05:28 AM in reply to: Curtis_Waguespack

Curtis,

I know this thread is two years old, but I am getting this same message.

 

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This error started happening after we rearranged some files and folders in the vault.  A little reorganizing.

While I tried the above suggestion and it did work, the lingering question remains.  When the above suggestion is set to "Yes" and when this message does appear (sometimes repeatedly opening the same file) why when you pick the correct path does this path not stick?  Why if you were to check this file back into the vault saved and then recheck it out again does this very same message keep reappearing?  It appears to me that the above suggestion is just a bandaid fix (no offense :smileyhappy:).  It seems to me that there should be some configuration or file that needs to be altered to allow this to stick.

I hope this makes sense.  Let me know your thoughts.

 

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swhite
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Re: Non-unique project file names

03-19-2013 05:58 AM in reply to: mcgyvr

Your assembly just lost a link to one of its parts and is letting you know several parts share that name. The software just wants you to tell it which one it should use in this assembly.

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Lee C. Moore, Inc.
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Re: Non-unique project file names

03-19-2013 06:00 AM in reply to: swhite

Yes, I realize that.  But I don't understand after selecting the desired path, why it doesn't stick with the file and keeps reappearing everytime you open that same file.

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Re: Non-unique project file names

03-19-2013 06:23 AM in reply to: Cadmanto

Well if you are using vault, be sure to rearrange the files using it, delete any off your hard drive and redownload the files from vault. Best bet, find the offending file and in the assembly select it and ctrl+h and replace it with the same file. This should reset it's location path plus keep all your current constraints.

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Cadmanto
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Re: Non-unique project file names

03-19-2013 06:54 AM in reply to: swhite

Yes, we are using Vault and all of the reorganizing was done within the Vault environment.

This is the baffling part.  All of the files were removed from the HD and yet when the proper path

was selected in that dialog window it still didn't stick.  Regardless if the files were on the HD, if the

path is chosen, the file should retain that selection and not continue to prompt you.

 

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Re: Non-unique project file names

03-19-2013 07:05 AM in reply to: Cadmanto

Hi Cadmanto,

 

I believe this setting is doing it's job as designed. I might be wrong, but I think it will continue to tell you about the files that have the same name indefinitely, unless you rename one of the files to a different name.

 

I don't think it's really finding an unresolved link, it's just finding non-unique file names and letting you know about them.

 

My question would be: why do you have two files named the same thing?

 

I hope this helps.
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Re: Non-unique project file names

03-19-2013 07:32 AM in reply to: Curtis_Waguespack

I get this message a lot.  We've got a whole bunch of files that we've inherited from many many years of many many different drafters and engineers, and they didn't always use unique file names.  Also, I see this when I get a pack-and-go from someone else, and I've already got one or more of the files - usually in a hardware library.

 

The thing to do to make it stop appearing seems to be to save the assembly or drawing file after you tell it which part you want it to use.  Once you save the file, it should thereafter remember which one to use in the future.


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