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How do you delete data shortcut project folder?

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04-14-2009 05:33 PM
Hello Civil 3D Users,

How do I delete a data shortcut project folder?

Background on how I create a data shortcut

1. I set the working folder using General -> Data Shortcuts -> Set Working Folder... (I believe the default is C:\Civil 3D Projects directory)

2. I create a data shortcut project folder by right clicking on the Data Shortcut in the Master View of the Prospector Toolspace and selecting New Data Shortcuts Folder...

This creates a folder under my working folder. Problem is I made a typo. So deleted the folder using Windows Explorer. Then in Civil3D I create the correct folder. When I go to step 3 below, I see both data shortcut project folder names (one correct the other with a typo).

3. I create a reference by right clicking on the Data Shortcut in the Master View of the Prospector Toolspace and selecting to the Civil 3D object Create Data Shortcuts. Then I select the Civil 3D Object (i.e. Surfaces) that I want to share.

4. I then open my Target Drawing (make sure it has been saved and contains the necessary styles) and under Data Shortcut in the Master View of the Prospector Toolspace, I right click on the Civil 3D Object (i.e. name of the surface) select Create Reference

Everything works, but I don't know how to tidy up the typo I made in the Data Shortcuts Folder name. Any suggestions or ideas?

Thanks,

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Re: How do you delete data shortcut project folder?

04-20-2009 02:46 PM in reply to: jeffjensen
The answer lies in the second paragraph of step 2. Use windows explorer to delete the misnamed shortcuts folder; it will no longer shows up in the list of shortcuts folders. BTW, our practice has been to save the shortcuts in the project folder. This method requires that the working folder be changed when ever we change projects. I didn't know one could choose from various folders in a centralized location as you are doing. It almost makes sense to do it this way.

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Re: How do you delete data shortcut project folder?

02-19-2010 04:54 AM in reply to: jeffjensen
I know this is an older post but it is the only one i can find that is almost like the problem i am having.
Here it goes.

User creates a folder structure on our sever which includes the _Shortcuts folder so that Civil will recognize it as a project

They do this for about 15 projects each with own folder on server

Ooops they mess something up

Rename one of the folders then delete a couple others (total of three have been modified or deleted)

Now every time that Civil is restarted they continue to recreate the original wrong folders on the server even though they have been deleted in Windows Explorer

When you delete them from Windows Explorer they do no show up in the project list for Data shortcuts in Civil

But when you close civil and reopen they show back up in Civil Data shortcuts projects and back on the server.

Any ideas?
Thanks
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Re: How do you delete data shortcut project folder?

02-19-2010 05:29 AM in reply to: jeffjensen
Try close/reopen 3d
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Re: How do you delete data shortcut project folder?

02-24-2010 04:44 AM in reply to: jeffjensen
That is when the folders are being recreated.
I can delete the folders from windows explorer
look at the data shortcuts project list and they are gone
shut down civil
restart civil and they are back both in windows explorer and the data shortcut project collection
it seems that no drawings are linked to the project either?
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Re: How do you delete data shortcut project folder?

02-24-2010 05:18 AM in reply to: jeffjensen
Is this happening in Civil only or Civil & Civil3d, I do not have this issue in C3D 2010, it may be a Civil issue?
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Re: How do you delete data shortcut project folder?

02-24-2010 08:56 AM in reply to: jeffjensen
OK think i am getting closer to understanding this.

We are pointing our working folder to our server

It seems that the data shortcuts are creating an XML file on the local C drives more specifically here:
C:\Users\tglidewell\AppData\Roaming\Autodesk\Civil 2010\enu\Project Management\ShortcutFolders.xml (using windows 7)

This file is on every users local

So everytime I delete the bad project folders off the server they are gone on my local,

Until someone else opens Civil or Civil 3D which in turn will read their local XML file,

Which will put the bad project folders back on the server and in the Data Shortcut project selection area in Civil - Civil 3D

This being the case there has to be a better way to fix this rather than modifying the local XML file to exclude these bad projects then writing a script or batch that will replace everyones local upon a reboot. Because you can never be sure who will not reboot and that one person will not get the correct XML file on their local and the whole bad process will start over again.

Any ideas?
Thanks
*James Wedding, P.E.
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Re: How do you delete data shortcut project folder?

02-24-2010 10:34 AM in reply to: jeffjensen
This is a known issue in the 2010 product. Unfortunately right now, the
solution is to delete the XML file at each user. The next time the
application is launched, they will have to set the Working Folder and we
will then repopulate the ShorcutFolders.XML file with the C3D projects
that are found on scanning. You'd want to do this one night after
everyone is gone so you can verify the working folder is clean before
people launch C3D again.

We're looking at this for a fix in the future, but this might give you
an option for now.

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Re: How do you delete data shortcut project folder?

02-24-2010 11:16 AM in reply to: jeffjensen
Thanks James that is what i was afraid of.
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Re: How do you delete data shortcut project folder?

02-24-2010 01:24 PM in reply to: jeffjensen
Ok. was doing some thinking about this one. Where is Civil begin told to write this file to the local computers? Is there a setting in a file somewhere we can tell it to write this to a centralized location for everyone to read from rather than their local's?
If not how are we gonna archieve any folders in the future if the fix may be that far off?
Thanks,
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