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Folder search order

Last updated September 10, 2019 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

Software version: 
2019i

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.

If property files are stored in user-defined sub-folders under the project folder, Tekla Structures searches the sub-folders for files in alphabetical order. The first associated file is selected. After that, each file with the same file name suffix and file name prefix as the selected file is ignored. The names of the ignored files are stored in the error log.

Firm

Advanced option XS_​FIRM.

If property files are stored in user-defined sub-folders under the firm folder, Tekla Structures searches the sub-folders in alphabetical order. The first associated file is selected. After that, each file with the same file name suffix and file name prefix as the selected file is ignored. The names of the ignored files are stored in the error log.

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

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 store customized files in the system folderfolder that is used for storing files that define default settings

. 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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