Help! After I delete files and folders in my Dreamweaver sites, they keep coming back! This has been happening for the last few weeks and I do not know why!!!!!
I have deleted them from inside Dreamweaver, deleted them from Microsoft Windows Explorer (on a PC - Vista) even the recycle bin and when I click back in to a site in Dreamweaver, a small box appears real quick and they all show back up.
The boxes say: Loading link info from cache... and the another box pops up and says: Searching for new and changed files. You can safely stop this if you have not changed files outside of Dreamweaver...4800
Could this be it and how do I turn this off??
I have Dreamweaver CS4 and CS5.5 and it happens in both. Thanks!!!
Any folders, index.html files, image files, jpgs, gif, etc, basically any file and folders I feel is not needed any more in Dreamweaver. I usually delete them from the local view under any of my websites I have created. I go to another website folder to edit something, then I go back to the last folder I just deleted stuff from to do more editing, building and such, those cacheing boxes pop up and they are all baaaacccckkkkk! Does this help?
Yes and no. It tells me that you are not trying to delete the folder that DW uses for internal purposes and *will* recreate, and it tells me that the return of these items you are deleting is not something that is caused by DW. Who/what is doing it? I have no idea.
I agree with Murray.
If you physically delete the files from your hard drive, they cannot appear in DW or anywhere, because they DON'T exist.
It's like saying "I ate a hambugger and when I finished it, it was back on my plate again." Just not possible. There is something seriously wrong elsewhere, but DW cannot create files where they don't exist without a user prompt.
By chance did you figure out how to solve that problem? I have searched high and low and could not find a solution. Every time I did files or folders, not too long after they reappear. I am trying to clean house of all these useless files. And it's difficult to move forward with things aren't in order.
No I still have the same problem...with Dreamweaver's _notes folders... which have misc junk files in them that have just showed up that were deleted long ago. The _notes still keep popping back in to all my site folders, even though I have deleted them over and over even deleted from the recycle bin, then rebooted. I have never stored anything in _notes folders but junk pops up in them, so I started deleting, due to taking up space on my hard drive.
Guess what! I even went so far as to get a new PC computer, with new operating system Windows 7, and Dreamweaver cs5.5 and it still happens!!!!! I did transfer my cleaned up html folders and files to my new computer thinking this would have to solve the problem, but no!
It has to be either Dreamweaver cs4 - cs5.5 or a virus that is effecting Dreamweaver!!!????
I have about 50 websites all in seperate folders on my 2 PC's. They all do this even though I turned off caching, turned off cloaking and turned off design notes and cleaned them under Manage Sites for each website.
I want _notes gone...it is now just the point I have to get resolved. Uuuggghhh!
Your _notes folder is used by dreamweaver, so its the normal operation of dreamweaver to create _note folders in your website, their automatically cloacked so they won't appear on your live site. As long as you define sites in Dreamweaver the program starts to create the _notes folder.
So I figured I would create a folder called stupidfileswontdie. It only made things worse because I have two of everything now.
smh.. I am really annoyed. My next step is to get in contact with Dreamweaver themselves. There has to be a solution to this.
I have CS5.
Also, is there a way of finding out which files orginated from which template?
I turned off the _notes under each of my sites in design notes/manage sites. They still come back. Is it possible to permanatly turn off _notes another way. I do not want them, they keep filling with junk all on ther own.
Sorry do not know. And yes I have created test folders and it happens there too. Yuk!!
I just use plain html5 and xhtml. I do not pull in templates. I would love to find out from Dreamweaver support too. If you find out a solution, can you post it here? Thanks!!
Could it be a virus? I have scanned my system several times, does not help.
I'm just tossing out some wild ideas.
Are you able to delete files from other folders on your computer with Windows Explorer or File Manager?
Is your local site stored on a removal disk like a flash or external hard drive?
Have you run a complete system diagnostic scan of your computer lately?
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I figured out the problem. It has NOTHING to do with Dreamweaver and EVERYTHING to do with the server that the site is on.
The server my site is on has multiple users on it updating information.
So in order to prevent users from deleting files accidentally, the administrator set it up so that when you click delete the server copies it back.
I created a folder called "trash folder" and drag unused file that I really want to delete inside. The server moved the file and minutes later copied the file back from where it came.
All the suggestions above I tried and it didn't work.
However, once the administrator move my site to a different location with less restrictions, I was a happy webdude. Delete = Bye Bye!
Good luck Debdye...
Let me know if it works for you.
Sorry it too so long to get back to everyone, Yes those pesky "_notes" folders are gone!!! Bill Kearns, above, it worked!!! Got cleanweaver...love it! Gotta buy him coffee!
I turned off cache, turned off cloaking, turned off design notes and turned off "Maintain synchronization information" in advanced, managed sites and that worked!! Thanks a ton everyone!!
@debdye - I'm glad this worked for you, it's nice to hear success stories!
@Murray, I'm a DW user for 12 years, always disable the Notes fucntionality and my design time css styles have never been effected by this. This is more likely related to incorrect stylesheet linking.
Not at all. A Design-time stylesheet is ONLY linked while you are in DW. It allows you to display a page with styles that might be dynamically specified and not used in a normal Display view rendering. Please read the F1 Help about what a DT stylesheet does. It's definitely affected by the forced absence of the Notes files since that's where the DT stylesheet link is written.