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Pro/Engineer   April 2002   Tip-of-the-Month

Cleaning up the table disk after eating working with the kids in Pro/E

Every once in a while I run across a product that just seems to make good sense.  Mostly, I would not use Tip-of-the-Month space to promote a product, but this one is specifically built for Pro/E and it helps manage a universal complaint.

The product is PurgeDrive.  A rather simple software product designed to weed through the garbage left behind by Pro/E.  Is that too simple?  The thing that makes this one worth talking about is the way you can manage what it does.

  • Have you ever wanted to keep the last 4 or 5 versions of a part?
  • Have you ever wanted to keep a specific version and purge the rest?
  • Do you work in several directories at once?  Would you like to purge the whole directory tree without going through each one?
  • Do you get tired of all the superfluous files that Pro/E writes?
Of course, this is not an end-all solution, but it goes a long way toward solving these issues.  The thing I like best is being able to toss versions older than a certain date and/or keep the last 4 or 5.
Purge Drive
In one of the early versions of 2000i2, Pro/E was writing files it couldn't later read.  Talk about frustrating!!  Thank goodness for back-ups!  It would have been even better if I had "purged" with a tool like this.
Yes, I know this is a bit like an advertisement, but it's probably worth your time to read their blurb.  (Just look beyond the silly vacuum logo.)  You can find their product information at PurgeDrive.  They have a couple different versions depending on your needs.

Too bad it only works with MickySoft's Windows . . .
  . . . "Hey PurgeDrive, when is the Unix version coming out?"

For the Unix community, here is a nice little script for cleaning up a directory.  It's not recursive but it does a good job of identifying the junk files, removing them, and purging.


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