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Folder search order

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

Software version: 
2017

Folder search order

Folder search order

When you open a model, Tekla Structures searches for the associated files in specific folders in a set order.

It is important that you keep files in correct folders. Once Tekla Structures finds the associated files, it stops searching. This means that files that have the same name but are located lower down the search order are ignored.

The folder search order is:

Folder

Defined by

Current model

The open model

Project

Advanced option XS_PROJECT

Firm

Advanced option XS_FIRM

System

Advanced option XS_SYSTEM

Tekla Structures does not search for certain files in exactly this order. The exceptions are listed below.

The exceptions are:

File (type)

Search order

objects.inp

  • Model folder

  • Project folder ( XS_PROJECT )

  • Firm folder ( XS_FIRM )

  • System folder ( XS_SYSTEM )

  • inp folder ( XS_INP )

privileges.inp

  • Model folder

  • Project folder ( XS_PROJECT )

  • Firm folder ( XS_FIRM )

  • System folder ( XS_SYSTEM )

  • inp folder ( XS_INP )

.dat files

System folder ( XS_SYSTEM )

Templates

  • Folder containing your templates indicated by the advanced option XS_TEMPLATE_DIRECTORY

  • Model folder

  • Project folder ( XS_PROJECT )

  • Firm folder ( XS_FIRM )

  • Environment-specific system templates indicated by the advanced option XS_TEMPLATE_DIRECTORY_SYSTEM

  • System folder ( XS_SYSTEM )

Catalogs

Profile , bolt , material and reinforcing bar catalogs:

  • Model folder

  • Project folder ( XS_PROJECT )

  • Firm folder ( XS_FIRM )

  • Folder indicated by the advanced option XS_PROFDB

Shape catalog :

  • Model folder

  • Project folder ( XS_PROJECT )

  • Firm folder ( XS_FIRM )

  • System folder ( XS_SYSTEM )

  • Folder indicated by the advanced option XS_DEFAULT_BREP_PATH

Printer catalog :

  • Model folder

  • Project folder ( XS_PROJECT )

  • Firm folder ( XS_FIRM )

  • Folder indicated by the advanced option XS_DRIVER

Warning:

Do not use the system folderfolder that is used for storing files that define default settings

to store customized files. That way you will avoid having problems or doing a lot of unnecessary work when you upgrade to a newer version of the software.

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