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SDL MultiTerm 2007 - opening of old term bases after a new installation
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Pavel Tsvetkov  Identity Verified
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Here is the question: After a fresh install of SDL MultiTerm 2007 it does not find my old term bases and therefore I cannot use them. There is the Load External Termbase function, however what it does is, it copies a term base to a new location on C: and then if there are any changes to the termbase, they are inserted into this copied term base. Upon a fresh Windows install they will be lost.

Does anyone know how to take care of the problems described above?


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Grzegorz Gryc  Identity Verified
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It's not a bug, it's a feature... Mar 15, 2009

Pavel Tsvetkov wrote:

Here is the question: After a fresh install of SDL MultiTerm 2007 it does not find my old term bases and therefore I cannot use them. There is the Load External Termbase function, however what it does is, it copies a term base to a new location on C: and then if there are any changes to the termbase, they are inserted into this copied term base. Upon a fresh Windows install they will be lost.

You can backup/export your termbases

Does anyone know how to take care of the problems described above?

It's exaclty the way Multiterm is designed.
It's stupid, I agree.

PS.
Take a look on the help/manual.

Cheers
GG


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FarkasAndras
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But... Mar 15, 2009

If the termbase you want to "load" is already on C: (i.e. the drive the system and MultiTerm itself are installed on), does it still create a copy? I would think not. And just out of curiosity, where did it copy the termbase in your case?

The most annoying part of the "load external termbase" feature is that it reorganizes the termbase... which, if the TB is large and the hardware is slow, could easily take 5 to 30 minutes. This means there is practically no way of taking complete, ready-to use termbases to a different install than the one they were created on, at least not as far as I know.


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Yes, it's crazy... but you hack it :) Mar 15, 2009

FarkasAndras wrote:

If the termbase you want to "load" is already on C: (i.e. the drive the system and MultiTerm itself are installed on), does it still create a copy? I would think not. And just out of curiosity, where did it copy the termbase in your case?

I never tested this scenario.
I.e. I always make a copy of the entire directory if my MT version is exactly the same

IMHO in your case, I suppose it's copied in the same directory under a new name (i.e. mxw_Number*.*)

The most annoying part of the "load external termbase" feature is that it reorganizes the termbase... which, if the TB is large and the hardware is slow, could easily take 5 to 30 minutes. This means there is practically no way of taking complete, ready-to use termbases to a different install than the one they were created on, at least not as far as I know.

You can still hack the MTMaster if you have Access 2003.
It's really easy

Of course, close all MT related applications before you start.
And make a backup copy

Access 2000 and XP should do the job too, I suppose.
Don't use Access 2007.

Cheers
GG

[Edited at 2009-03-15 19:40 GMT]


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Still... questions remain Mar 16, 2009

So, my termbases are on D: for obvious reasons - I want them to survive a Windows installation. Now, by using the Load External Termbase function I make them accessible to Trados, however they are then copied to C:.

If at this point I add new terms, they will be added to the copies on C:, right? On a new installation they will be lost...

Are you saying that I should export them before the new Windows installation? What if Windows just crushes?

Also: they now exist under new names on C:, right? So I cannot simply compare and backup them to the older versions on D: using backup software, correct?


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Not necessarily lost Mar 16, 2009

Hi Pavel,
if you use the "Load external termbase" command in MultiTerm, you load the external MDB files. Once a file is loaded, you are asked whether you want to delete the original file or not. If you click "No", the current termbase (on your D drive) will still be there. But this file will not be updated along with your termbase loaded in MultiTerm.
I hope (but I'm not convinced) I've expressed myself clearly.

Kind regards,

Stanislav


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It is clear Mar 16, 2009

Thank you, Stanislav! That answers part of my question successfully.

The main part however is:

What is the algorithm to keep / export / backup the changes later on?


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