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Using the Unique ID Tool

In previous versions, links to the Content Collection files and folders (when viewed from Course Documents, for example) were stored as absolute paths in the database. The problem was that every time a Content Management file or folder was moved, the link would break. These links are the links that can be viewed elsewhere in the system.

The Unique ID tool solves this problem by reconciling the paths to files and folders with the unique IDs for those Content Collection items. This unique ID never changes, even if the item is moved within the Content Collection.

This tool can be run more than once in case problems occur.

A log file can be generated with this tool that shows broken links that could not be reconciled with a Content Collection item.

How to Execute the Tool With a Log File

Where path is the folder where the log file should be placed and filename should be the name of the log file.

  1. From a command line, execute the following command to run the tool and generate a log file:
  2. updatecspathtoxythosid > path/filename.txt

    Where path is the folder where the log file should be placed and filename should be the name of the log file.

  3. Press Enter.