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Cannot Compare FrameMaker - "...contains multiple flows with the same name."

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Hi, I cannot compare FM between file old and new by FrameMaker 2019 there are have info message below.

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Charl.s

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Correct answer by Barb Binder | Adobe Community Professional

Hi Charl:

 

Yes, I just found your file—it was in my spam folder. The issue is what I guessed in my first answer. 

 

Specifically, pages 280–283 of both files are using Flow A, and then pages 284–304 are using a disconnected second occurence of Flow A. You have two Flow A tags in each file.

 

To repair this:

  1. Open a copy of ENnew__sec_04-05.fm. (Don't work on the original in case something goes wrong—work on a copy.)
  2. Click in the text on page 284.
  3. Edit > Select All in Flow (this selects the content on pages 284–304)
  4. Edit > Cut
  5. Use Format > Document > Delete Pages to remove pages 284–304.
  6. Click at the end of the text on page 283 and use Edit > Paste to paste the text you cut in step 4 back into the file. 
  7. Review each page to make sure everything is there, and correctly formatted.
  8. Repeat steps 2–8 for ENold__sec_04-05.fm.

 

Once all of the content is back in a single flow for both documents, Document Compare should work as expected.

 

~Barb 

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Cannot Compare FrameMaker - "...contains multiple flows with the same name."

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Hi, I cannot compare FM between file old and new by FrameMaker 2019 there are have info message below.

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Please help me, Thank.

Charl.s

Adobe Community Professional
Correct answer by Barb Binder | Adobe Community Professional

Hi Charl:

 

Yes, I just found your file—it was in my spam folder. The issue is what I guessed in my first answer. 

 

Specifically, pages 280–283 of both files are using Flow A, and then pages 284–304 are using a disconnected second occurence of Flow A. You have two Flow A tags in each file.

 

To repair this:

  1. Open a copy of ENnew__sec_04-05.fm. (Don't work on the original in case something goes wrong—work on a copy.)
  2. Click in the text on page 284.
  3. Edit > Select All in Flow (this selects the content on pages 284–304)
  4. Edit > Cut
  5. Use Format > Document > Delete Pages to remove pages 284–304.
  6. Click at the end of the text on page 283 and use Edit > Paste to paste the text you cut in step 4 back into the file. 
  7. Review each page to make sure everything is there, and correctly formatted.
  8. Repeat steps 2–8 for ENold__sec_04-05.fm.

 

Once all of the content is back in a single flow for both documents, Document Compare should work as expected.

 

~Barb 

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It's hard to tell without seeing your document. Try this if it is appropriate (on a copy):

1) Select all of the text in the document's main text flow (Control+A).

2) Cut the content to the clipboard (Control+C).

3) Delete all of the body pages in the document. You will now be viewing the master pages.

4) Add a body page to the document.

5) Paste the clipboard text into the first body page (Control+V).

6) Save the document and try the compare again.

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Are you trying to compare 2 FM docs both converted to FM2019 or are you attempting a compare of an older version doc & a new FM2019-converted one? You used the "content migration" tag, so I'm a bit confused as to what exactly you are trying to compare... 

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Hi Charls:

 

Or someone didn't quite understand how flow tags work, and there are disconnected frames in the document using the Flow A tag. If this is the case, when you follow frameexpert's first two steps, there will frames with content on some of the body pages. If this is the case, you will need to connect them using Format > Customize layout.

 

~Barb

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Yes, you may have to ultimately use Barb's solution. My steps are kind of a fact-finding mission to see where the problem may lie. That is why you should run it on a copy of your document.

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Sorry for confuse, I don't know tag appropriate for this case.

My method is compare file FM old content and new content by function "Document Compare" but cannot done.

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Yes. We understand the question, but since we can't see your file, you will have to figure out why the compare docs isn't working. I'm guessing one of the files has one or more disconnected frames that are assigned Flow A. Please start by following the first two steps that frameexpert listed, and look for disconnected frames. If there aren't any, continue through his list.

 

~Barb

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"1) Select all of the text in the document's main text flow (Control+A)."

Can you please let me more detail about "document's main text flow" where is it? It mean body page or not? Thank.

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Hi BarbBinder, Can i send sample file to you?

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Typically, any text on a body page is part of the main flow. Click in the text and look in the lower right-hand corner of the document window. It would normally say "Flow: A", which in most documents, is the main flow.

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