thanks!
i never thought of that
in fact i never looked at the internal files at all, ever
yes was only looking at time stamps
i will check this out and report back

Dennis Saputelli

Brad Velander wrote:
> 
> Dennis,
>         I think that something is hooped in your Protel. I do the sort of
> thing that you are talking about but have not seen the issue you have. Oh,
> hold it,stop the presses.
>         Dennis, I believe that you may find that it is not regenerating the
> all the Gerbers. Could it just be re-exporting with a new date and time
> stamp, the previous Gerbers when it exports the newly generated Gerbers? Are
> you looking at the date and time stamps only or have you viewed the Gerbers
> and noted changes? I bet the export facility, exports everything in the
> internal DDB directory, everytime it is run.
>         Rename the old Gerber files within the DDB directory and then do a
> test again, I bet it exports the old DDB cam files with their new name when
> you generate a new set of cam files. I am thinking that the export function
> just blindly dumps all the files contained in the CAM directory out to the
> external directory and the OS puts a new date and timestamp on them.
> 
> Brad Velander,
> Lead PCB Designer,
> Norsat International Inc.,
> #300 - 4401 Still Creek Dr.,
> Burnaby, B.C., V5C 6G9.
> Tel. (604) 292-9089 direct
> Fax (604) 292-9010
> website www.norsat.com
> 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Dennis Saputelli [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
> > Sent: Tuesday, September 04, 2001 5:14 PM
> > To: Protel EDA Forum
> > Subject: Re: [PEDA] gerber gen troubles
> >
> >
> > anyone noticed:
> > when you hit F9 to make gerbers it makes ones that you have
> > previsouly selected
> > but have currently deselected
> > very aggravating and a potential source of trouble
> >
> > scenario 1 (i dbl checked this)
> > made a simple bd, plotted and reviewed in camtastic
> > made some changes and decided not to make a top overlay
> > unchecked top overlay, and there it was made anew anyway,
> > checked file dates
> > etc
> > could not make it stop producing what it first produced
> >
> > yes saved and reopened the .cam file
> >
> > scenario 2 (worse)
> > 4 layer bd w/ paste masks, extra assem note layers, pik place etc
> > every time we replotted it made all new files of all the
> > types including the
> > drill and pik files which were specifically unchecked
> >
> > wiped the folder clean (external copy on hard drive, we never
> > use the cam
> > output in the DDB, what good is that anyway?)
> >
> > tried again with only gerbers checked, no drill, no pik
> > it made them all again
> >
> > of course this has the effect of overwriting the pik files
> > which had plotted
> > differently
> >
> > at another iteration we renamed the PCB (the only PCB in the
> > DDB) and ran the
> > F9
> > it properly prompted for a target board since the former one
> > no longer existed
> > selected the board and it then made TWO sets of Gerbers with
> > the both old name
> > and the new name!
> > 47 files in all, all made in one pass, all in the same folder
> >
> > more bush league behavoir IMHO
> >
> > Dennis Saputelli

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