CATIA PLM Weekly Email 0711 – Cleaning up the other garbage CATIA puts on your machine

Attn: CATIAHotline PLM’er,

A few weeks ago we discussed removing the CATSettings and why we do it and how to back them up. If you don’t remember you can read about it here. This week we are going to talk about the other stuff CATIA dumps on your machine.

In the Environment file there are 3 other ‘Temporary’ locations that are constantly dumped into beside the CATUserSettingPath (the CATSettings Folder). They are as follows;

CATTemp – This folder is where the Temporary Settings such as Roll and Save, Screen Dumps, XML, etc… are stored.
CATErrorLog – The location for the Error Log.
CATReport – Any reports that CATIA creates will be defaulted here.
There are 2 other locations that are not defined in the Environment file. The are the CATCache Location and the C:\Temp Directory.

CATCache – This location is where CATIA Stores your local Cache. This created by using the Visualization Mode and/or by using the Caching feature in the Product Structure using the DMN License.
C:\Temp – This is a directory that is the depository for all miscellaneous stuff that doesn’t get dumped into the other Locations that are defined already. Seems a little redundant but hey I’m not a programmer and I’m sure there is a reasonable explanation for it. Though i did say it wasn’t defined in the Environment file it is but it is called DSKEY_TEMP so it isn’t defined very well.
The CATCache location by Default is C:\Documents and Settings\User Name\Local Settings\Dassault Systemes\CATCache.

The CATTemp location by Default is C:\Documents and Settings\User Name\Local Settings\Dassault Systemes\CATTemp.

The CATErrorLog location by Default is C:\Documents and Settings\User Name\Local Settings\Dassault Systemes\CATTemp\error.log.

The CATReport location by Default is C:\Documents and Settings\User Name\Local Settings\Dassault Systemes\CATReport.

Oh and C:\Temp or the DSKEY_TEMP ….. Well it is located in C:\Temp

Now that you know about these locations you can more readily remove them. I advise removing them at the same time as you do the CATSettings as they to get messed up. So just to recap. Remove these when ever you feel like it. But more frequently that you have in the past.

Jon

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