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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?