Will deleting all of the support files that SewerGems creates in the main folder of your model harm/erase any of the data in the model, aside from imported background layers?
To clarify, if I delete everything but the stsw and stsw.sqlite files, will the model remain intact?
Yes, the model will be ok.
You might also want to try to save your output files to a different folder if they're building up.
Answer Verified By: David Demaree
All of the hydraulic model data is stored in the .SQLITE file and the .STSW contains your visual/presentation settings such as color coding and annotation. So, yes, those two files alone would typically have all the information you need. If you have background layers, you would also want to retain those, along with the .DWH file.
The .BAK file is a backup of the last saved model state.
The other, output files store calculated results. if you wish to be able to see those results when opening the model, keep them. Otherwise if you delete/remove them, the model will need to be re-computed in order to see results.
If you are wanting to send a model to another user, I would recommend using the "save to package" option under the File menu in CONNECT Edition. This will package up the necessary files into a ZIP file which you can send. See more here: What files are needed to open a model in an OpenFlows product?
Jesse DringoliTechnical Support Manager, OpenFlows ProductsBentley Communities Site AdministratorBentley Systems, Inc.
Thanks to everyone for the prompt replies. I've yet to ever need those output files. If I need to see results, I just run the model again. Maybe they're more helpful if you need to share the results with someone else.
The output files are important to view your model results. Once you run the model you can get them back and if already present they will be overwritten. Also if you have already computed the model and have preserved the output files then the next time you open the model you can view the results directly (without computing again).
The backup files are also obviously important to restore your model in case model files are accidentally deleted or corrupted.
See Can I restore a backup file of my model project or software component?
Hope this helps.
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