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  • #16
    Re: Convert library to filesystem dictionary


    "I went as far as I needed to find out how unimportant this is to me."

    Thanks for the laugh.

    I stumbled on this when I upgraded to version 11. Looked at what it did, tried it, scratched my head, and all but forgot about it.

    One of the reasons I lurk around this board is the hope that a thread will bring new light to some hidden jewel in the Alpha Anywhere gold mine of nuggets. With no "Desktop specific" features being added, it's become a little hum drum. It's not that there a millions of things on my wish list, but there are a few that would be nice.

    I suspect everyone who contributed here was also hoping to find something more than what appears to be there.


    • #17
      Re: Convert library to filesystem dictionary

      Well, that didn't take long...

      'backup all scripts and UDFs to a date-stamped text file (once per day)
      'check if file exists for today. if not then export
      bkp = file.filename_parse(a5.get_name(),"DPN") + " - " + dtoc(date(),"2-") + " -1.txt"
      if file.exists(bkp) = .f. then
      end if
      I have to agree with the other contributors to this post - I see absolutely no benefit to myself in converting scripts/udfs to filesystem, but I do see several pitfalls as already mentioned.


      • #18
        Re: Convert library to filesystem dictionary

        What I'd really like is a combination of the 'convert to filesystem' which creates a separate file for each script and UDF and the 'export_scripts_and_udf()' function which creates a date-stamped single text file with all scripts and UDFs concatenated.
        Hi Jon,
        But using the function will still let you select from a backup which script or function you want to import using the right click Import on the code tab.

        Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford


        • #19
          Re: Convert library to filesystem dictionary

          That would be fairly easy to create with


          No bells, certainly no whistles.

          udfs = a5.Udf_Enum()
          for each udf_found in udfs
          	udf_name = word(udf_found,1,"@")
          	fil = udf_load(udf_name)
          scrpts = a5.script_Enum()
          for each scrpt_found in scrpts
          	scrpt_name = word(scrpt_found,1,"@")
          	fil = script_load(scrpt_name)
          Last edited by Stan Mathews; 02-19-2015, 05:05 PM.
          There can be only one.


          • #20
            Re: Convert library to filesystem dictionary

            I often come to the Forums looking for a solution to my Alpha problems. Sometimes I find clues that set me in the right direction, other times I find others trying to do the same thing I am attempting. On a few occasions I dig in and come up with the solution myself and then post the solution to a rather old topic.

            Then there are time like this, when I find the solution has already been written and I just needed to change a few lines.

            Thanks Stan.