2 Replies Latest reply on Aug 24, 2007 9:19 AM by Phil_Wells

    Loading project for the First Time in VSS

      Hi friends,

      I've two queries:

      I just added my chm file alone into my VSS, for my project members to view it.

      But when they directly open the chm file (just view option), they are unable to view it. Then they chose get latest version (copied it to their machine) and then viewed it.

      Hence, I thought i need to load the entire project folder into the VSS.

      So for the first time, i added my Help project in Visual Safe Explorer.

      When i did the same, all the files were loaded into my VSS, except my chm file(i really do not know why), then i manually added my chm file in the vss (i know it is wrong)

      When i opened my source file in RoboHelp (with the option open project from version control), and made some corrections, the chm file is not getting updated in the vss. However the changes are updated in my location.

      I know it is purely related to VSS. Can anyone guide me how to get things work fine in VSS and what i am doing wrong.
        • 1. Re: Loading project for the First Time in VSS
          RoboWizard Level 4
          Hi grks

          Pause just for a brief second and consider the name of "VSS". It means "Visual Source Safe". This means it is designed to act as a Source control system.

          Your projects are made up of Source files that you use to produce Output files from. The Output file(s) could be .CHM format or WebHelp format or FlashHelp format.

          While I have certainly heard of folks placing their Output files in a Source Control system, I'm going to crawl way out here on this shaky little limb and say that it's certainly not the norm, nor is it desirable in most cases.

          The bottom line here is that you should probably consider only storing your project Source files in VSS. Place the .CHM somewhere such as your network, so that folks can copy it to their local PC for viewing. (.CHM files have issues nowadays with being viewed from a network).

          Cheers... Rick
          • 2. Re: Loading project for the First Time in VSS
            Phil_Wells Level 1
            I do place my .chm file in VSS, but that because the developers need them in there to do a build for our software.

            What I've done is create Application 1 , Applicarion 2 and Application 3 sub-directories. I then manually cut and paste the chm files over there from the output SSL directory of Robohelp. This makes them available to the developers - I do this every few days to keep my version for them reasonably up to date. .

            Reason I do it that way is that if you regenerate the project from Robohelp and you've checked the .chm files from the ouput SSL folder into Source Safe, it's easy to forget to check out the chm files from Source Safe before you do regenerate.

            I merge several sub projects into a master, and this result in a file with a .chw extension being added into the output. If this isn't checked out before you regenerate, indexes, see also's, etc, tend not to get updated.

            RoboHelp seems able to identify that VSS is on the system - when I checked my Robohelp source files into version control, it selected VSS automatically.

            I would definately consider putting your source files into VSS - i give me reassurance that if I do something terrible to what I'm working on, I can get an earlier and non-corrupted version of the source files from VSS.