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09-05-2007, 02:13 PM
On OS9 and using PSM7, I used to be able to untrap a file by deleting the LW and ASSG files, then removing the ".BCK" from the backup LW and ASSG files created by the FAF process. Now that I'm running PSM8 on OSX, the ASSG files and .BCK.ASSG files are invisible (made so by the dot at the beginning of the file name.) So how can I revert back to the untrapped file if I have removed the file from the Frame Queue? Accessing the files via File Sharing from an OS9 machine is the only way I can think of, but I no longer have any machines running OS9.

09-06-2007, 09:39 AM
You can do it via the "Terminal" utility, using a few UNIX commands.
At the terminal prompt type:
1. cd <path location of your job> (the Mac volumes appears under "/Volumes")
2. ls -a (to view the hidden files)
3. del <filename>

Eran Tadmor

09-06-2007, 04:24 PM
Hello Dan

I'll try to refine Eran's comment about Terminal on OSX:

-Open terminal and put it on one side of the screen
while the finder window, where you view the page (.p)
is on the other side.
-on the terminal,at the prompt,type
cd ;;stands for Change Directory,add a space after it!
-drag the page xxxx.p icon from the finder to the terminal.
this will add the full path after the 'cd ' you typed before.
-hit CR ;;you are now inside the page level
-to view all files inside the folder type
ls -la
-let's say your page name is xxxx.P
-type rm ;;stands for remove
-add a space
-add a . ;;now you have rm .
-type the first letter of the page name and hit TAB
-The system will add the page name (xxxx-P1) followed by a .
So now you have rm .xxxx-P1.
-Type B and hit TAB - the system will add the full name
-The full line is
rm .xxxx-P1.BCK.assg
-hit CR and the assign file is deleted. No need to delete the .BCK.lw

This takes about 5 seconds....

Such operation can be scripted by AppleScript.

Best Regards

P. Barak

09-06-2007, 08:38 PM
Thanks for the info. I'll give it a shot. I'm no Applescripter, so it may be easier for me to just use something like TinkerTool to show invisible files temporarily, but I'll try via the command line first.

09-06-2007, 08:52 PM
OK, I just tried it and upon closer inspection, I don't want to delete the .BCK ASSG file - I want to delete the trapped one and rename the .BCK to remove .BCK from its name.

Thanks again, though - I also gave TinkerTool a try and that is much easier, especially for someone who is not command-line-oriented.

09-07-2007, 12:01 AM
Hello Dan.

My Fault.... Sorry.
Just for the record: what you need to do is.
(Using xxxx.p example)
mv xxxx-P1.BCK.assg xxxx-P1.assg
(move the backup assign file over the current assign file)

We all agree, command line is the last resort.

Best Regard

P. Barak