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Last Post 07/21/2008 10:40 AM by  Peter Donker
Download/Upload an entire folder?
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Rob Barefoot
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07/14/2008 6:12 PM

    Peter,

    I'm looking for a way to download/upload an entire folder, and keep versioning in-tact. Basically, I need my client to be able to select a folder and download that folder and all of it's children, and that folder, with all of the children, and maintain versioning information. None of the document/folder names would change in this process.

    Is this possible in either V3 or V4 of DMX?

    Thanks,

    Rob

    Peter Donker
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    07/18/2008 2:32 PM
    Hi Rob,
    Download of an entire folder is implemented in DMX 4. DMX 3 has 'zip & unpack upload'. This will be implemented in a later revision of DMX 4.
    Kind regards,
    Peter
    Rob Barefoot
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    07/18/2008 3:38 PM
    Peter,
    It doesn't look like there is a way to do versioning iwth the zip & unpack upload though, is that a valid statement? all of the files extracted from the zip file would be their own first version?

    Thanks,

    Rob
    Peter Donker
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    07/21/2008 10:40 AM
    Hi Rob,

    Correct. Currently the filename is not assumed 'safe' for identifying a file. Every file gets its own title and and internal ID. The latter is the only property that is assumed safe for referencing a file. As a result the unzip has not been used to version files. All you have in the zip file are file names, not the IDs of the files. I foresee that DMX 4 will one day implement a powerful bulk upload feature where the user can tune this when uploading.

    Note that relying this much on zips means you expect users to know very well how to zip up their work. The method you want is prone to errors in zipping. For a start you could make an error and have all entries in a subdirectory. Uploading this would not result in the expected versioning but in a new document tree. If the user is not aware of this you can get into all kinds of trouble. If I were you I'd check if WebDAV was not a better option.

    Peter
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