7 Replies Latest reply on Feb 1, 2009 3:34 PM by Amebr-ke0mH4

    Cannot unmerge files

      I'm having a problem unmerging my two help files. When I build the help in my !SSL! directory, it seems to be fine. I then copy the help file over to my application's install directory to test the help and I notice that the help has now become merged again. To try and fix this, I did the following:
      - I made sure that the .chw file has been deleted from my application's install directory before copying the help over, but it keeps reappearing after deleting it.
      - I checked my RoboHelp directory and noticed that my .hhp file has a reference to a [MERGE] file even after deleting it before compiling it. The reference keeps reappearing and I'm not sure why.

      - I
        • 1. Re: Cannot unmerge files
          Peter Grainge Adobe Community Professional (Moderator)
          In the TOC of the parent, have you removed the reference to the child?

          • 2. Re: Cannot unmerge files
            TechWriter77 Level 1
            Hi Peter,

            Yes I deleted the reference in the parent's TOC. Just to be sure, I also deleted the .chm from my baggage files directory and, still, when I build the help, the merged help is there. Note that this only seems to occur once I paste it into a directory where the child help resides. However, the directory I'm copying the help to does not have any references to the .chw file so I'm not sure why the help becomes merged.

            Any other ideas? Thanks for your help.
            • 3. Re: Cannot unmerge files
              Peter Grainge Adobe Community Professional (Moderator)
              No sorry, merged webhelp is my area. It was just a longshot pending someone else coming in.

              • 4. Re: Cannot unmerge files
                RoboColum(n) Level 5
                Can you use a find and replace tool (RH's own tool would suffice) to search for an instance of the merged CHM in your project files. Odds on, something has been left behind. Also check that the baggage files and the [MERGE] section of the HHP file took your changes.
                • 5. Re: Cannot unmerge files
                  TechWriter77 Level 1
                  I searched through my project files directory but found no references to the CHM. There's also no reference to the CHM in the baggage files.

                  Every time I generate the build, I need to check if my hhp has taken the changes. More often than not, I need to delete the reference in there before I generate the build, otherwise it will keep showing up in my build. I have no idea why the [MERGE] section keeps referencing a file I deleted. (Sigh).
                  • 6. Re: Cannot unmerge files
                    RoboColum(n) Level 5
                    Have you tried renaming the .cpd file and reopening the project after you have (once again) removed the CHM reference from the .hhp file? If this doesn't work, there must be a reference to the CHM file somewhere to add it back. Did you look through ALL the project files, not just the HTM files? What tool did you use?
                    • 7. Cannot unmerge files
                      Amebr-ke0mH4 Level 2
                      Do you by any chance have your project in source control of some sort? I've found that with source control (at least, VSS), the merged files are added into the <mergedhelpfiles> tag of the xpj file. I assume this is then used to re-populate the cpd and hhp files. It also doesn't seem very accurate with adding and removing the merged files after a while.

                      Try closing the project and deleting any references to unwanted chm files in the xpj. I think you also have to delete the cpd file before you reopen the project.