SOLIDWORKS EPDM Erroneous Duplicate File Warning?

Article by Joe Medeiros, CSWE updated June 15, 2015


When adding files to the vault, there can sometimes be warning that a file with the same name already exists in the vault.

duplicate file warning

Duplicate file warning

A search of the vault does not reveal any other files with the same name. How could this be?

When a file is saved, or copied to the local vault view, that file is in a private state until the file is checked in. Unless a user has been given the folder permission ‘May see files before initial check in (Private State)’, the file is hidden from the user.

May see local

If another user has a file that is in a Private State with the same name that the current user is trying to add to vault, the action will be blocked.

For SOLIDWORKS files, this situation can be avoided by having EPDM automatically name files saved to the vault

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Joe Medeiros, CSWE

Joe Medeiros is a SOLIDWORKS and PDM Certified Expert. He has been helping SOLIDWORKS users with training, mentoring and implementations since 1998. He combines industry experience with a thorough understanding of SOLIDWORKS products to assist customers in being successful. He shares his experience and expertise through blogs; one of which has been incorporated into the SOLIDWORKS Essentials training manual.