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Catalogues and Specifications User Guide

12 Series
Chapter: General Application Tools

DB Changes/Listing/Differences
A set of three forms allow the user to query and output aspects of the database for example to report changes since a certain date. These forms use a common layout. To open the DB Listing form select Utilities > DB Listing from the main menu. The DB Differences and DB Change forms do not have a drop-down shortcut on the main menu, but can be accessed via the Control menu.

Control Options The menu options under Control are as follows: Clear Output Clears the Command Output form used when Destination is set to Screen. Displays the DB Listing form which outputs a listing of the specified parts of the database in its current state. Displays the DB Changes form which outputs a listing of the changes to the specified parts of the database as a macro which can be run later to return the database to the state it was in at the given time or session. You can edit the macro file so that only the required elements are changed. Displays the DB Differences form which outputs a listing of the specified parts of the database, with the old and new elements and attributes changed or added since the given time or session. Displays an Output Options form allowing control over specific information to be output in a query.

DB Listing
DB Changes

DB Differences

Output > Options Output > Is only active in DB Changes mode. This option controls the style of the output information. If on, then the output can Backtrack Mode be run as a macro which will return the database to the state it was in at the given time or session. If off, then the output is a report on the changes made since the time or session. Add/Remove Menus The menu options under Add and Remove are used to populate the Elements list.

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The Remove option is only active when there are elements in the Elements list. The following are common to the Add and Remove: CE adds or removes the current element. CE Members adds or removes the members of CE, but not CE. Pick Only active in DESIGN. Allows you to add or remove elements by graphical picking using event driven graphics. List adds or removes all elements in the selected lists. Lists are created using the Lists/Collections form. The Remove option has the following items which are not present in the Add option: All removes all elements from the Elements list. Selected removes all items selected in the Elements list. Colour Options The menu options under Colour are as follows: Highlight > Elements Highlight > Changes/ Differences Unhighlight Query Options A Query is always output to the screen. If the Destination is set to File then output will be made to the specified file as well as screen. A file output will contain comment lines, which start with -- so it can be run as a PDMS macro at a later stage. The options under Query on the menu are as follows: Clock CE and Elements outputs current Time and Date The options under CE output information about the current element, and the options under Elements output information about all the elements in the Elements list on the form. Shows a Colour Selection form. When a colour is picked, the contents of the Elements list will be highlighted in that colour, in all the graphical views. Only elements already in the Drawlist will be highlighted; elements are not automatically added to the Drawlist. This option will be Changes or Differences according to the form mode. It is not available at all in DB Listing mode. This option shows a Colour Selection form. When you click Apply, the colour picked will be used to highlight any elements that have changed. Removes the highlight from the CE only, the Elements in the list or All elements in the graphical views.

Note: Querying extremely long Element lists can take a long time. Both Query > CE and Query > Elements have the following sub options: Session Will output: Element name DB name z Last saved session number and the date, user and description (session comment) for that session. Will output:
z z z z z

Last Modified

Element name DB name The session that each element or any of the hierarchy below it was last modified, the date of the modification and the modifying user.

Note: This operation could be a time consuming operation if the CE is a DB world element or a large site, or other top-level element, and so you will be asked to confirm that you really wish to do this operation. History Claimed by DB Name/Mode This is similar to the Last Modified Query, but gives the information for every session in which the element was been created or modified. You will be asked to confirm the query for top-level elements. This outputs the name of the user who has the current element claimed out for modification. This is Unset if no user has the element claimed. This outputs the name, DB name, the DB access mode (RW, R, Multiwrite ) and the claim mode (implicit, explicit).

Form Input
Destination You can send the output of queries to a File or Screen. If you select File, enter a valid path and filename. If Screen has been selected, the result will be output to a standard Command Window when you click Apply. Select New File to create a new file to output the result to. Select Overwrite or Append if the file exists. Browse displays a file browser allowing a previously created output file to be used as the destination. Elements The Elements part of the form lists elements that will be reported on when Apply is clicked. Clicking on any element in this list will navigate to that element in the Catalogue Explorer. The active field in the Changes Since pane depend on the form mode (Changes, Listing or Difference). None of the controls are active in DB Listing mode. In DB Changes and DB Differences modes, you can select the following options: Savework Will report on changes since the last Savework. TimeDate Will report on changes since a given time and date.

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The time format is specified as HH:MM on a 24 hour clock, e.g. 16:15. Session Extract The date format is DD MMM YYYY, e.g. 9 Feb 1998 or 30 Aug 97 Will report on changes since the given session number. Input a session number or use the plus and minus (+/-) options to increment the session number. is only active when the current element is in an extract database. When you choose this option, the options in the Since Extract frame will become active, see Changes Since Extract. You can type in the session number, or change it using the + and - options. Reports on the changes since the Stamp selected from the Since Stamp list at the bottom of the form. Remember that each DB has its own sessions. The current DB is shown by Database Name at the bottom of the frame, see Changes Since Stamp. Note: TimeDate and Session are related, changing one will affect the other settings, and also display the correct Session User. Click More to open a window that shows the Database Name, Reason for session (such as a savework), the Session No (the session number) and any Comments associated with the Session. Changes Since Extract The first drop-down list in the Extract frame shows all the databases in the extract hierarchy above the current extract, with the Master at the top of the list. The options on the next drop-down list are: Only Latest Session Date compares the current database with the selected extract ancestor database compares the database with the latest version of the selected extract ancestor database compares the database with the selected ancestor extract since session nn of that extract compares the database with the selected ancestor extract since the given date in a session of the ancestor extract

Stamp

Changes Since Stamp The Since Stamp part of the form is only available if the Stamp option has been selected (see above). Select the Display drop-down to list Stamps by; Name, Date, Function or Description. Highlight Changes This Highlight Changes option is only active when the form is in DB Changes or DB Differences mode with a DESIGN database selected. If switched on, the changed elements will be highlighted in all the 3D graphics views in the colour specified by Colour > Changes. This option is useful after a Getwork to see the changes that other users have made. Apply is only active when there are elements in the Elements list. The Dismiss option dismisses the form and clears the Elements list.

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