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OK. I'm bamboozled.  I took my sites off my laptop and put them on my desktop.  For the life of me cannot find out how to work on my projects without re-defining each site.  GoLive has .site files which have the site definition.  Where is it in DMX? (that's right - the old DMX)

Who knows this one?
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by:Jason C. Levine
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Hi supportoranges,

The stuff is located at:

C:\Documents and Settings\Your User Name\Application Data\Macromedia\Dreamweaver 8\Configuration

specifically the sitecache folder.  However, you do not want to just move those around, as they may not work.  Instead, you can export the site definitions from Sites | Manage Sites and move the resulting files to the new computer and import them back into DW.  That method is better.
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Thank you.  I'm still trying to think of what to do as in cleaning up the laptop I have deleted the XP user as well as the data under \Your User Name\.

I have a backup of it but I'm concerned that I can't restore the data and then recreate the user and expect the state of the profile to be peachy.  I've gone that route before.  It's a catch 22.  If you put \Your User Name\ data back and then recreate the account, XP creates fresh profile, etc.  But maybe if I recreate the user and then just copy the Application Data it will work.

Still thinkin on it.



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Well, that's going to be a problem.  Use a recovery tool to get the data back?
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by:supportoranges
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I have all the data on backup.  Profile and data were deleted from the laptop.  Hopefully I can put back the 'configuration' and data.  The configuration shouldn't care what profile it was under (unless registry is a piece of it).
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I've never been in your position, but I think you are right.  Dumping the whole configuration directory into the current user's Application Data folder should restore all settings.  I don't think it is registry specific.
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cool i'll try shortly and see what happens. thx.  you'll hear back soon.
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no go.  dmx doesn't allow this fudge.  i have contacted their technical support and will post the answer.  i guess I could rebuild the site but I hate doing that type of thing.  i'm also interested to see how Adobe gets me out of this one.  it isn't very intuitive.  I should have been able to 'open' the freakin sites from a backup.  Thanks for all your replies.  I'm not just being lazy about this.  I really wanna see how they get me out of this jam.  

Thx.

so
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I did the same you did a while back and ended up just recreating the sites.  You're right in that the export of the site definitions shouldn't be a separate step but instead should just happen when you create the site.

Keep me posted and don't forget to ask for PAQ/Refund in community support when you get the answer from tech support.

Good luck.
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†here was no answer from tech support.  i got the impression that there is no support for DMX as Dreamweaver 8 and MX 2004 came after.  At least, I can't cash in my 'free' set up incident at all -- no way.

so -- I rebuilt the sites.  wasn't as hard as I imagined. i could point to source files during define new site without resorting to add file by file or even directory by directory.

very timely, too.  couple hours later a client asked me to just 'look into an e-commerce tx that failed.'

I am awarding points because ultimately your previous post (just recreating the sites) was the answer for me.

Luckily I had the ftp parameters on some sticky TZ tape on my iMac.  I used to panic terribly about the 'ftp directory' but now I understand much better what the starting point is all about and how you put relative pathing, etc.

Have a great day and thanks!  I hope to answer more questions than I ask once my biz is a bit more profitable/stable.

Best,
so


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Good luck and sorry I couldn't get a better solution for you.

You're right about support for DMX.  Since Adobe took over, they've begun phasing out support for older products.  MM used to support things for longer but I guess Adobe's guys in Mumbai are stretched too thin over Photoshop CS...
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Too bad.  I was so happy with my Dreamweaver (although I did invest in CS2).  Now I feel like just another one of those Windows 3.1 people!  Thought I deserved better treatment than they gave me!  Phasing out support for Dreamweaver MX?  Gee I thought I could go forever on it!  Glad I didn't have one of those pesky REAL problems!
HA :)(
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