Indexing files without an extension

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Indexing files without an extension

Postby eberlein » Sat Jan 16, 2010 6:05 am

Hi,
I am using X1 ® Professional Client Version 6.2.3.
I have some files that do not have a file extension. How can I get them indexed? When I go to "More Indexing Options" and "Specify File Types", then I need to specify a specific file extension. How can files without an extension be indexed?
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Re: Indexing files without an extension

Postby Kenward » Sat Jan 16, 2010 10:57 am

I assume that these really are extension-free files, rather than files that don't show an extension because you have told Windows to hide it.

What are these files?

I have never heard of anything without an extension.

If they have just lost the extension, then put it back and X1 will index them.

There are other reasons for doing this. For example, without an extension, Windows will not know what to do with them. You will even find it hard to find them let alone index them.
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Re: Indexing files without an extension

Postby leonowski » Sat Jan 16, 2010 4:54 pm

A single dot "." in the file extension list will do the trick.
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Re: Indexing files without an extension

Postby eberlein » Sun Jan 17, 2010 3:17 am

Kenward wrote:I assume that these really are extension-free files, rather than files that don't show an extension because you have told Windows to hide it.

What are these files?

I have never heard of anything without an extension.

If they have just lost the extension, then put it back and X1 will index them.

There are other reasons for doing this. For example, without an extension, Windows will not know what to do with them. You will even find it hard to find them let alone index them.

These are some old left-over files from a UNIX system that contain really old e-mails. Well, maybe I should just give them the extension .txt and then the opening of the file will be easier as well.

leonowski wrote:A single dot "." in the file extension list will do the trick.

Will give it a try. Otherwise, I will use the .txt extension.

Thanks for the replies.
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Re: Indexing files without an extension

Postby Kenward » Sun Jan 17, 2010 4:00 am

If they are text files, then it would probably be best to call them such.

One thing you might try is to tell X1 to index everything in the directory/folder that holds them. Maybe the lack of an extension would not bother it then.

PS I have edited the subject of this discussion, correcting the typo so that anyone who turns up here with a similar query has a better chance of finding this chat. It might save them from having to go through the same discussion.
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Re: Indexing files without an extension

Postby eberlein » Sun Jan 17, 2010 11:21 pm

Kenward wrote:PS I have edited the subject of this discussion, correcting the typo so that anyone who turns up here with a similar query has a better chance of finding this chat. It might save them from having to go through the same discussion.

Thanks for catching the typo! :wink:
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