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DXK_SYMBOLPATH

Last updated March 6, 2017 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

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2017

DXK_SYMBOLPATH

DXK_SYMBOLPATH

This advanced option must be set in an initialization (.ini) file.

This advanced option is system specific and is read from teklastructures.ini. It can also be set locally, see your environment ini file ( env_<environment_name>.ini ). Generally, there is no need to modify system-specific settings. Do not modify them if you are not an administrator.

This advanced option points to one or several folders containing Tekla Structures symbol libraries. These folders also contain the DWG files used in snap symbols and handles. The order of folders in DXK_SYMBOLPATH is significant: If there are duplicate files, the first one found is used. All files are read from all defined folders.

The DXK_SYMBOLPATH is defined in the environment initialization filetext file that contains user interface definitions, start-up parameters, default settings, or advanced options

Initialization files are used when starting Tekla Structures and they can contain system-specific and user-specific advanced options that are used to configure Tekla Structures for different standards and the user’s individual style of working.

Initialization files have the extension .ini.

<your_environment>.ini located in ..\Tekla Structures\<version>\<environments>\<your_environment\ and in the Tekla Structures initialization file teklastructures.ini located in the ..\Tekla Structures\<version>\nt\bin\ folder.

Separate different folder paths with a semicolon (;). Always end a folder path with a backslash character.

Example

Example with one folder:

DXK_SYMBOLPATH=C:\ProgramData\Tekla Structures\<version>\environments\common\symbols\

Example with several folders:

DXK_SYMBOLPATH=%XS_FIRM%;%XSDATADIR%\environments\usimp\us_common\symbols\;%XSDATADIR%\environments\common\symbols\

In the latter example, Tekla Structures first checks your own symbol files in your firm folderfolder that is used for storing Tekla Structures-related files customized for a particular organization

A Tekla Structures user can, for example, customize a company’s cloning templates and save them in a sub-folder located under the firm folder. After this, the customized cloning templates can be used in all projects carried out for the company.

, then the symbol files in the US environment symbols folder, and last the symbol files in the common environmentTekla Structures environment that forms a basis for other environments

The common environment is included in the software installation and includes the global settings, macros, symbols, items, and fonts, for example. The common environment and global settings form the basis for all other environments.

symbols folder. If a duplicate file exists, the one that Tekla Structures finds the first is used.

Note:

Since Tekla Structures version 19.0, the folder path definitions like %DATADIR% or %XS_FIRM% in DXK_SYMBOLPATH have not converted the paths correctly when used in options.ini located in the firm folder. However, these definitions work correctly if used in user.ini. Currently you need to write the absolute paths for DXK_SYMBOLPATH in options.ini in the firm folder, like in the example below:

DXK_SYMBOLPATH=C:\TeklaStructures\21.0\environments\common\symbols\;C:\firm\Symbols\;

Using a firm folder for images and symbols

You can define a firm folder where Tekla Structures always searches for the images and symbols. When you store the images and symbols in this folder, you do not have to move them from folder to folder when you install a new version of Tekla Structures. Installing a new version does not replace the files in the firm folder. For more information about defining the firm folder for images and symbols, see Define a firm folder for images and symbols.

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