Limits on number of attachments

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Limits on number of attachments

Postby ThomsonMA » Sat Jul 28, 2012 5:49 pm

The first thing I've tried to do with the newsletter is to post our Stake Emergency Preparedness Manual there. The bulk of the manual is in a collection of .pdf files (53 of them to be exact). I did this by creating a short explanatory newsletter article, and then tried to attach the .pdf files.

I seem to be having trouble getting them all attached. After about 41 attachments, the subsequent ones lose their names; they are listed only as "file" with no file type. This makes them problematic to use. Is there a limit to the number of attachments to an article?

Also, if a section of our manual is updated, I'd really like to be able to change an attachment while keeping its name and order in the list intact. Is there a way to replace an attachment?

Finally, is there a way to cause all attachments to be listed in sorted order? (I've named the various .pdf files with a consistent naming scheme: S<section#>-<item#>-name.pdf so that sorting the names will put them in the proper order.)

Thanks!

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Postby aebrown » Sat Jul 28, 2012 7:04 pm

ThomsonMA wrote:The first thing I've tried to do with the newsletter is to post our Stake Emergency Preparedness Manual there. The bulk of the manual is in a collection of .pdf files (53 of them to be exact). I did this by creating a short explanatory newsletter article, and then tried to attach the .pdf files.

I seem to be having trouble getting them all attached. After about 41 attachments, the subsequent ones lose their names; they are listed only as "file" with no file type. This makes them problematic to use. Is there a limit to the number of attachments to an article?


I don't know of any limit. I just successfully created an article with 100 attachments. They all retained their names.

How did you add the attachments? Did you drag and drop, or use the "Add Attachments" button? I used both techniques successfully, but perhaps that makes a difference in some cases.

ThomsonMA wrote:Also, if a section of our manual is updated, I'd really like to be able to change an attachment while keeping its name and order in the list intact. Is there a way to replace an attachment?


The only way to replace an attachment is to delete it and add it. Unfortunately, that will move it to the end of the list -- attachments are always displayed in the order they were added.

ThomsonMA wrote:Finally, is there a way to cause all attachments to be listed in sorted order? (I've named the various .pdf files with a consistent naming scheme: S<section#>-<item#>-name.pdf so that sorting the names will put them in the proper order.)


No. As I said above, they are simply displayed in the order they were added.

I think you have some good suggestions for improving the Newsletter; you might want to make those suggestions using the Submit Feedback link.
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Postby ThomsonMA » Sat Jul 28, 2012 9:07 pm

Thank you for the prompt reply.

I have used both the drop mode and the "add attachments" button, with the same results.

I've attached two screen shots, one in edit mode where I have just added four new files to the bottom of the list (attachments 42-45), but have not clicked the "save" button yet. The second screen shot is after the post was saved, I opened the item and expanded the list of attachments. As you can see, the last four items I just added are displayed as "file" rather than by their file names.

Is this a bug or am I missing something? I don't think there's anything weird about the file names.
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Postby ThomsonMA » Sat Jul 28, 2012 9:16 pm

Note that if I download one of these "file" documents and rename it to have a .pdf extention, that it is the correct file. Just the name was lost.

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Postby ThomsonMA » Thu Aug 09, 2012 7:53 pm

Have any of the developers had a chance to look at this?

I still have the last 10 attachments showing up as "file" rather than the file name.

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Postby SorensonMi » Tue Aug 14, 2012 12:45 pm

We have not been able to duplicate this problem. Can you attach one of the files that is listed as "file" please?

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Sample document that gets uploaded as "file"

Postby ThomsonMA » Sun Aug 19, 2012 2:11 pm

Here is one of the documents that ended up listed as "file". As noted, if I click on the name ("file") and download the attachment, and then rename it to have a .pdf extension, it will open correctly and each attachment named "file" is really different. All that appears wrong is that the name of the uploaded file is lost.

S09-02-8-UTAH DEPT. PUBLIC SAFETY0008.pdf
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Postby ThomsonMA » Sun Aug 19, 2012 2:35 pm

I'd also be happy to provide a .zip file with all 53 of the attachments if that would be helpful.

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Postby ThomsonMA » Sat Sep 29, 2012 9:37 pm

Aha! I found the answer to my problem in another post: https://tech.lds.org/forum/showthread.php?13279-pdf-attachment-not-recognised

Every one of the last 12 attachments that I had end up as "file" had an embedded period, followed somewhere later by a space. When I renamed those attachments to eliminate the period, they all uploaded correctly with the proper names.


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