8 Replies Latest reply on Jan 18, 2009 6:30 AM by mikrokosmonaut

    Strange and fatal file name / root folder problem. Please help!

    mikrokosmonaut
      Hi there. I wonder if anybody could help me!

      I am using CS4 but this problem still occurred in CS3. When I set up a new site in Dreamweaver I go through the usual motions selecting the local root folder and images folder. Then when I go into the new site it creates an initial site cache as usual. After this (when I try to upload anything for example) the cache seems to have disappeared (i.e. all local files disappear in DW). It tells me that I should go through setting up the site process again but this only ends up going round in circles!

      Curiously, when I look at my HD in finder, Dreamweaver has created a new folder named "Macintosh HD" and inside it follows the exact same file structure as the "real" local files except the website files do not exist inside the root folder!

      I can not understand what is going on here. I suspect it might be something to do with the locations of files and relative / absolute linking on the HD?

      Please help if you can! Thanks.
        • 1. Re: Strange and fatal file name / root folder problem. Please help!
          Level 7
          What is the NAME of your hard drive? Does it (or any intermediate folder)
          contain unusual characters (apostrophes, parentheses, etc.)?

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          "mikrokosmonaut" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
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          > Hi there. I wonder if anybody could help me!
          >
          > I am using CS4 but this problem still occurred in CS3. When I set up a new
          > site in Dreamweaver I go through the usual motions selecting the local
          > root
          > folder and images folder. Then when I go into the new site it creates an
          > initial site cache as usual. After this (when I try to upload anything for
          > example) the cache seems to have disappeared (i.e. all local files
          > disappear in
          > DW). It tells me that I should go through setting up the site process
          > again but
          > this only ends up going round in circles!
          >
          > Curiously, when I look at my HD in finder, Dreamweaver has created a new
          > folder named "Macintosh HD" and inside it follows the exact same file
          > structure
          > as the "real" local files except the website files do not exist inside the
          > root
          > folder!
          >
          > I can not understand what is going on here. I suspect it might be
          > something to
          > do with the locations of files and relative / absolute linking on the HD?
          >
          > Please help if you can! Thanks.
          >

          • 2. Re: Strange and fatal file name / root folder problem. Please help!
            mikrokosmonaut Level 1
            Hi Murray - thanks for the reply.

            My hard drive is named "Macintosh HD" and an example path would be:

            Macintosh HD/Users/mike/Documents/Local Sites/Jukebox
            • 3. Re: Strange and fatal file name / root folder problem. Please help!
              Level 7
              Very strange indeed. Does this happen with any site you define?

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              "mikrokosmonaut" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
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              > Hi Murray - thanks for the reply.
              >
              > My hard drive is named "Macintosh HD" and an example path would be:
              >
              > Macintosh HD/Users/mike/Documents/Local Sites/Jukebox

              • 4. Re: Strange and fatal file name / root folder problem. Please help!
                mikrokosmonaut Level 1
                Yes it would appear so. Any site seems to have this problem.

                It might sound a bit strange but I can remember this problem first cropping up after I'd been on a trip to Berlin (from England) and they x-rayed my macbook pro. I wonder if this kind of thing could damage the HD in any way? Surely the flight on the plane wouldn't cause any harm. Strange thing is it seems to be working fine for every other program?

                I've just downloaded the trial version of Coda ( http://www.panic.com/coda/) and this is working like a dream. I've also been using a load of other CS4 programs today so it's definitely something to do with DW.
                • 5. Re: Strange and fatal file name / root folder problem. Please help!
                  Level 7
                  > I wonder if this kind of thing could damage the HD in any way?

                  All things are possible but I SERIOUSLY doubt it - having carted hundreds of
                  hard drives through such devices and never having seen a problem....

                  > programs today so it's definitely something to do with DW.

                  Or with the environment in which you are running it, of course. Do you see
                  this on another computer?

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                  "mikrokosmonaut" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
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                  > Yes it would appear so. Any site seems to have this problem.
                  >
                  > It might sound a bit strange but I can remember this problem first
                  > cropping up
                  > after I'd been on a trip to Berlin (from England) and they x-rayed my
                  > macbook
                  > pro. I wonder if this kind of thing could damage the HD in any way? Surely
                  > the
                  > flight on the plane wouldn't cause any harm. Strange thing is it seems to
                  > be
                  > working fine for every other program?
                  >
                  > I've just downloaded the trial version of Coda
                  > ( http://www.panic.com/coda/)
                  > and this is working like a dream. I've also been using a load of other CS4
                  > programs today so it's definitely something to do with DW.
                  >

                  • 6. Re: Strange and fatal file name / root folder problem. Please   help!
                    Level 7


                    > My hard drive is named "Macintosh HD" and an example path would be:
                    >
                    > Macintosh HD/Users/mike/Documents/Local Sites/Jukebox

                    What is an actual exact path to a local site folder?

                    Are there any "funky" characters such as a leading blank space in the hd
                    name, or punctuation or upper ascii in a folder name?

                    please do this:
                    Open a new blank html file using file->new
                    -->do not save this file<--

                    type some text in design view
                    Select the text, and create a link to this site's "homepage" file using the
                    folder link icon in the Property Inspector

                    view code and copy that link's code and paste into reply.
                    It should be an absolute local path like
                    file:///harddrivename/Users/Username/folder/folder/index.html

                    adobe technote on file or folder names in mac os breaking functionality:

                    http://kb.adobe.com/selfservice/viewContent.do?externalId=tn_14452

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                    Alan
                    Adobe Community Expert, dreamweaver

                    http://www.adobe.com/communities/experts/



                    • 7. Re: Strange and fatal file name / root folder problem. Please help!
                      mikrokosmonaut Level 1
                      I aren't really sure if I can test the latter theory properly. I don't have another mac to test it out on. It works fine in Windows XP but that's probably not any help.
                      • 8. Re: Strange and fatal file name / root folder problem. Please   help!
                        mikrokosmonaut Level 1
                        hi alan thanks for your reply

                        i have just realised what the problem was. there was a surreptitious space before the name of my HD (i.e. _Macintosh HD). baffled at how it got there! feel quite silly but at least it has sorted the problem out.

                        big thanks to everybody! job done!