I primarily develop in PHP running MAMP on my Mac for the testing server. For a few months now I'm getting all kinds of duplicate files showing up as I'm editing and testing on my local server. This never happened before.
Here's my usual workflow. The testing server folder is set to the same folder that I use for my site folder. I have two reasons for this. When the testing server folder and the site folder are the same I can just go to localhost/mySite and see everything working without loading up files to a different testing server. It's much easier and uses less disk space than having duplicate files.
Second reason, when I'm working on debugging pages a simple save / option tab / and refresh gets me to the page much faster than when I have a separate testing server folder setup and have to use Option+F12 to upload the file and render it.
The bug that's popped up is the generation of duplicate files. For example, while working on main.php, when I look at or edit a record set I often end up with a file called main_QFK9H5ZWYH.php or something similar in the folder. This file is not used for an f12 preview, never shows up in any localhost previews, and, as far as I can tell is never used by Dreamweaver for anything. The only thing that happens is my site folder fills up with a bunch of files that do not need to be used for anything, clutter up the directory, and unless I'm very careful, end up getting uploaded to the server as just a bunch of junk.
Anyone else seeing this? I thought for a while that it was a preferences setting that I fouled up. Deleting the preferences file and starting over didn't solve the problem.
This was especially problematic today as I was going through the entire site prior to publishing and I ended up with more than 40 duplicate files. For the main.php file I ended up with 6 versions in less than 5 minutes of testing. I'd love to shut off whatever is causing this.
One last thing. It makes no difference whether I'm editing on my laptop or on the desktop at home, or on a Windows machine at the clients office.
Thanks for any ideas.