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WHXData package xml files?

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Dec 13, 2019

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Does anyone know what these package xml files in the whxdata folder are and why I might have so many of them? I did have about 1100 files in this folder and then something (I'm not sure what) happened and now I have 2444 files. 

 

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Does anyone know what these package xml files in the whxdata folder are and why I might have so many of them? I did have about 1100 files in this folder and then something (I'm not sure what) happened and now I have 2444 files. 

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 13, 2019

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As I started to reply, I saw this thread under Related Conversations.


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Dec 13, 2019

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Yeah... I saw that, but it doesn't explain what those files are for or why I have a varying number of them. I haven't come across any information that spells it out. As it makes a difference of over 1000 files that we need to include with our applications, I'd love to be able to minimize it as much as possible.

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Dec 14, 2019

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That is really something only the Adobe developers can answer. As someone once said on being asked if all the files were necessary, "only if you want the help to work".

 

I'm not trying to be flippant. It's simply not a question that can be answered here. To the best of my knowledge RoboHelp only creates what it needs so if the number has gone up, there has to be a reason, just don't know what it is.


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Dec 15, 2019

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Hi there

 

Of course, I'm not an Adobe developer, but I believe I may be able to offer up a clue on the files.

 

The process of generating an output such as WebHelp or Responsive HTML5 causes many processes to unfold. During these processes, the information that comprises the TOC, the Index, the Glossary, and the Full Text Search is analyzed and is broken into smaller and more easily served chunks of information. Generally speaking, each of those files contains a small segment of the TOC or the Index and suchlike. 

 

I believe this helps make the overall project "speedier". For example, if your TOC has lots of nested levels, the top level items are loaded from those chunks first, then later the other levels are backfilled in the background.

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Dec 16, 2019

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So I played around with some of the settings and it turns out that when I made a new HTML5 Output preset, I had the Enable Substring Search option checked. When I unchecked this option, it generated with 1355 fewer files in the whxdata folder. So that one option, for us, is a difference of 1355 files.

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