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I suspect the problem is to do with the source control.
Create a project outside the source control but otherwise follow the same steps. Deleting the CPD should not lose track of the images.
Curious as to why you delete the CPD every day.
Thanks for the reply Peter,
My test project (the one in which the image icons disappear) is not under source control. Curiously, the project I've been working in for years and in which some of the icons don't disappear IS under source control.
The reason I delete the CPD file in that project every day is as follows: Other writers make changes to some files and check them into source control. The next morning I pull those changed files down to my machine. At this point, before starting RH, I have the other writers' changes in various RH project files, such as topic files, the TOC file, the index file, etc., but my CPD file (which is not and cannot be under source control because it's a runtime-generated binary file) does not reflect those changes. If I start RH without deleting the CPD, RH seems to discover most of the changes that were checked in and move those into the CPD file. But "most" is not good enough. RH often seems to get into a confused state because of data contained in the newly checked-in files conflicting with data in my CPD file. By deleting the CPD file, I force RH to rebuild it using the data in the newly checked-in files. We often had problems where one writer would see broken links or missing files in RH but other writers wouldn't and deleting the CPD file would fix the problem.
By the way, I'm using RH 7.02.001.
Looking at the source control issue first, have you retested all this under RH7? I ask as the internal changes might just make a difference. Don't know as I don't do source control but worth a try.
Going to back to the issue in the thread, could you send me the project? Use http://www.transferbigfiles.com or your preferred alternative. Email me via my site and include a link to this thread.