Link Generated Files to Source Files not working

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Link Generated Files to Source Files not working

Postby dlrhodes533 on Fri Jan 30, 2009 2:20 pm

I'm relatively new to Flare and need some help. I have a huge FrameMaker book that I'm importing into Flare but want to maintain my source files in Frame. The files in this book change monthly. I started a new Flare project several months ago but now everytime I attempt to build the WebHelp output, Flare isn't recognizing that changes have occurred in the Framemaker Source files. And, yes I have the "Link Generated Files to Source Files" check box selected on my import file. This doesn't seem to work and I end up deleting the entire project and starting over each month! Surely there is a better way that I'm missing. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated.
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Re: Link Generated Files to Source Files not working

Postby KevinDAmery on Fri Jan 30, 2009 2:31 pm

Hi,

I don't work the way you're describing (I maintain my content in Flare) so I'm not directly familiar with this, but I believe that you have to re-import the Frame files before build time. The Link Generated Files to Source Files option allows you to replace the Flare content with the Frame content, but I don't think Flare automatically monitors the state of the Frame files.

What you would want to do is, before making a help build open the Frame import files in Project Organizer and tell them to import the Frame files again. That will update the Flare topics (as far as I know).

HTH
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Re: Link Generated Files to Source Files not working

Postby GregStenhouse on Sun Feb 01, 2009 3:17 pm

If you link to a book, the timestamp on the book must change to force a regenerate. One way to do this is: (in FM) drag a document in the book up and then down one place, and click FIle>Save. Then build the target.

One way around this is to include all framemaker documents rather than the book in the import file.

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Re: Link Generated Files to Source Files not working

Postby dlrhodes533 on Mon Feb 02, 2009 8:19 am

Guys, thanks for the quick responses. Greg, I'll definitely try your option of moving a file inside the book to generate a timestamp change. Thanks!
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