So how do I figure out what the reference paths are so I can set up an identical directory structure for a set of drawings. The reference manager is just showing the names (in red) and not the paths.
The set of drawings came from outside our organization and I want to set them up like they were because they also sent a bunch of renovation projects that use the same file names so I cant just redirect the referenc paths and have everything routed correctly.
Please forgive me if this is a really basic question that I should know the answer to...I feel stupid enough that I cant figure this out on my own.
If you like to figure out this, by your own.
Try the search function of the forum, there are so many hints about
reference path settings!
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yeah...I tried that and found alot of stuff about how to set them up better when you were the one creating them but not alot about finding out how to see the intended file path on references in drawing sets that are already created. I saw one intriguing post written in danish that might have been relevant had I an understanding of Danish!
perhaps I am not using the right words to query the forum...I am searching under "reference paths." if you could suggest a better search phrase, that would be helpful. Thanks in advance.
Honestly....you're better off asking the people you got the files from. I would imagine that even if there is a method to see where the files originated, it would still be like find a needle in several haystacks by going through each file to determine where each file was referenced from.
These files are so old (12 years old) that they had to pull them from their backup tapes. So I don't know that they KNOW what the directory setup was 12 years ago.
You would think that when someone sets up references to absolute paths that that information would be there somehow. but I cant find it!
Start by putting all those files into a directory named archived_refs. Then, in the project configuration file, extend MicroStation configuration variable MS_RFDIR using something like:
MS_RFDIR < N:/projects/twelve_year_old_project_1/archived_refs/ # N: is your network drive
Now all references should be found automatically.
For the other projects, do the same but using a different project-level name in each project's configuration file:
MS_RFDIR < N:/projects/twelve_year_old_project_2/archived_refs/
Regards, Jon Summers LA Solutions