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Business Objects ability to place single reports in multiple folders

The Business Client wanted to know if the same report (Report A) can be placed in two different Folders (A and B). I am certain that you could create a copy of the report and place the copy in the second folder, but the real question isu2026can the link(in each folder) actually be a pointer to the same physical report object?

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Objects in different folders are distinct - technically, it's because each object in the repository holds a reference to an unique parent folder.

For objects referencing files, then the path used by the File Repository Server (FRS) is specified as a property of the object (it's called SI_FILES).

Whenever you copy an object to another folder in InfoView or the CMC, it does a deep copy - i.e., it makes a copy of the physical file via the FRS, and the SI_FILES property is updated to the new path value. So the source and the copy would have different files.

Playing with the SI_FILES to try and make it point to the same physical file via code or any other means is unsupported and absolutely not recommended.

It may not deadlock the FRS, but you'd get unexpected behavior.


Ted Ueda

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