Create windows explorer link to a file in a Dimensions CM project

Is there a way to create a link to a specific file in a specific Dimensions CM Project?

Usecase: Get an email with a link to a document to open instead of a relative path.

Thanks and Regards

  • Suggested Answer

    Hello Chris,

    There is a possibility to build a URL to open a specific Item, Baseline, Request in the Web Client. You'd need to know object specification for that.

    Say, to open an item with the specification "QLARIUS:BUILD XML.A-SRC;java_p1_1#8" you need to URLencode this value (say using www.urlencoder.org) and append to the URL:

    yourWebServer:port/dimensionscommand=openi&object_id=

    In the example case we get a URL: yourWebServer:port/dimensionsopeni&object_id=QLARIUS%3ABUILD%20XML.A-SRC%3Bjava_p1_1%238

    If you have multiple Dimensions DBs/Servers you can also append to URL these parameters: &DB_CONN=yourDBconnection&DB_NAME=yourDBname&DM_HOST=dimensionsHost

    In the case of opening a request the "command" parameter value in the URL will be "opencd", for a baseline - "openb".

    While testing - please open a URL in a new browser tab, as it is not supported to open in the existing Web Client application tab.

    Kind Regards,
    Alex

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  • Hi ,

    thank you very much for the detailed description. I've understood what to do, but my environment is a little bit different.

    The web interface is not avilable, only the Dimensions Desktop Client.

    Is there a possibility to do it this way?

    Best Regards

    Chris

  • Hi Chris,

    I probably still do not completely understand the expectations. Should "the link" download the file from the Dimensions CM repository and open it in a default system editor? Or do you want the Desktop Client to open the Folders view with the file home folder opened and the file being selected in the grid? Or locate that file in the Windows Explorer in the populated earlier work area? Or...? Slight smile

    Though any of these options will require some scripting to fetch/open a file (not a "link") or require writing custom application which will process custom URL scheme (say "myapp://<URL-containing-file-info>", e.g. like described here https://stackoverflow.com/questions/80650/how-do-i-register-a-custom-url-protocol-in-windows)

    Kind Regards,
    Alex

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    Sr Development Manager
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  • Hi ,

    maybe the problem was the unknown field around the Desktop Client.

    If I open the webserver Adress on Port 8080, then I can access Dimensions via WebUI - that was not known by me.

    If I then select a file in the CM under "Items"  and choose registercard Annotations I can find a link to use directly.

    Thank you very much for your very useful answers.

    Best Regards

    Christopher

  • You are very welcome, Christopher, happy to help.

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    Alex Shevchenko
    Sr Development Manager
    Although I work for OpenText, I am speaking for myself and not for OpenText.
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