Fix something corrupted in a RSC database

I recently discovered that the inclusion of some non-alphanumeric characters in a RoboHelp HTML topic file name can cause this file in a RSC database to become corrupted. The file .htm in my local working folders (Windows Explorer) is not corrupted. The offending characters (at least the ones I've seen) include:

-(tiret cadratin; l'en tableau de bord ne cause pas un problème)
… (ellispsis, where there is a single character; three periods separate, side-by-side, cause no problem)
' (apostrohphe)

Curiously, RoboSource Control allows files that contain one of these characters offending to be added to a database of version control. In addition, these files can be recovered to local computer of the customer, where the customer can then work in the file without any problems. However, when you save such a file, the corresponding file of the database is damaged. Corruption appears in the form of a change of name for the file. For example, a file named ' export_files... htm "(where the points of suspension is a single character) will be renamed"export_filesBLAHBLAH"(where"BEST"is a random combination of symbols and special characters). The offending character is always replaced with the symbols and special characters, who then do the rest of the file name; a part of the filename before the offending character remains unchanged.

I recognize the importance of restrict filenames to alphanumeric characters, but in the case where this happens again, what is the best way to fix something corrupted in a database? In this work in my head, I came up with the following process:

1. delete the corrupted database file.
2. use Windows Explorer on your local computer to make a copy of the corresponding .htm file.
3. remove any offending character of the file name for the copy of the .htm file.
4. open RoboHelp HTML and delete the topic of the project.
5 import the backup copy of the .htm file in the help project.
6. check in the 'new' (restored) .htm file.

Note: I do not remember for some, but I think that I tried to simply rename the file corrupted in the RSC, but he would not allow me so I don't think it's an option.

Your proposed solution should work. When you rename the file in the database would be a solution under optimal, as the reference to the file would always be there in the local copies of the project.

-Dirk Bock

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