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Can i change/delete artifact links via excel import in DNG?

Michael Meinschaefer (485) | asked Apr 30 '20, 12:42 p.m.
edited Apr 30 '20, 12:45 p.m.
Hello everyone!

I learned how to create new links between existing artifacts in DNG by importing an excel file with the needed informations to create these links.

My Question: is it possible to delete already existing links between artifacts via an excel import, or to alter them?

For example i have artifacts 1, 2 and 3
There is a link "validates" between artifact 1 and 2.
I would like to import an excel file resulting in no link between artifact 1 and 2, but with a "validates" link between artifact 1 and 3.

Right now, an excel import yields the link between 1 and 3, but the link between 1 and 2 stays aswell.

Thanks in advance,

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Sean F (1.3k244157) | answered Apr 30 '20, 1:58 p.m.
edited Apr 30 '20, 2:04 p.m.
Hi Michael,

If you choose the option:-

'Remove links that don't have a matching ID'

in the Link By Attribute dialog then it will delete links that do not exist in your spreadsheet imported values.

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Carol Watson commented Apr 30 '20, 2:08 p.m.

Wow, thanks Sean, I would never have thought to look there for a workaround!  This is a great tip for removing links.

We have a zillion DOORS 9 links from when we migrated to DNG.  I might look at this for a means to get rid of them.  We don't use DOORS Web version so they're basically useless.


Sean F commented May 01 '20, 8:55 a.m.
Good idea Carol.

You do end up with heaps of audit trail links when you migrate from DOORS 9.

Hope that LBA link removal feature sorts them.

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