RE: index and compile problems in RoboHelp

Subject: RE: index and compile problems in RoboHelp
From: "Glenn Maxey" <glenn -dot- maxey -at- voyanttech -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 20 Jun 2001 12:43:24 -0600

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Sean Hower [mailto:hokumhome -at- freehomepage -dot- com]
> Sent: Wednesday, June 20, 2001 12:24 PM
> Subject: index and compile problems in RoboHelp
> First, when I compile a project in the RoboHelp Explorer, and
> try to run the project from the RoboHelp Explorer, an older
> version of the help appears. If I open the help file from
> Windows Explorer, the newest version of the help appears.

RoboHelp isn't running the true help engine. It is running an emulator.
Hence, it isn't going to have all of the functionality and will appear
different. IOW, not a problem.

> The second problem is a little more serious. I am creating an
> index in the same help project. When I save and compile the
> project, I get the same problem stated above. When I use
> Window Explorer, however, the newest version of the help file
> appears, but the index remains unchanged.

Combination of the RoboHelp emulator and leftover GID files.

Whenever you start a help file for the first time (outside of RoboHelp),
the help engine creates a GID file based upon the CNT file and the
keywords used in the index. The file hangs out and isn't regenerated,
and thereby speeds up the starting of subsequent calls to the help

Hence, whenever you change your help file or CNT file, blow away the GID
file and force the help engine to regenerate it. You can blow away all
GID files on your system and it won't hurt anything. They'll be
regenerated when needed. If you don't delete the GID file whenever you
do a change, you'll get old info in the Contents or Index.

Glenn Maxey
Voyant Technologies, Inc.
Tel. +1 303.223.5164
Fax. +1 303.223.5275
glenn -dot- maxey -at- voyanttech -dot- com


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