Problems Opening Proctor, Grain Size or CONS Test Files Created on Different Computers

(Sharing Specification Envelopes, CONS Deformation Tables, and Proctor Test Specifications)

Problem: When opening a project on a computer other than the one originally used to enter the project's data, you see a dialog titled "Missing test specification", or a message saying "The consolidometer data associated with this test have changed" or "The deflection table associated with this test has been changed", or "WARNING. The deflection table selected for use with this test no longer exists", or your grain size specification envelope is reset to "(no specification envelope)".

Explanation: By default, LabSuite, CLSuite, Proctor, GrainSize and CONS all store their data files that hold user-configurable information such as Proctor test specifications, grain size specification envelopes and CONS machine deflection tables, in a local folder on each computer. This folder is called the shareable config. file folder.

Because the shareable config. file folder is initially situated locally on each computer using the software, configuration changes (e.g., definining a new Proctor test specification, machine deflection table or specification envelopes) are only available on the computer where the changes were made. When test data files are accessed on other computers, these modifications are not available and the program complains.

Solution: Set up a network share folder (fully accessible to all users) that can be used to hold these settings. After you've set up the share, you need to tell the program to put its files there:

  1. Start the software on the computer that has most often been used to enter test data (because the program will copy that computer's configuration files to the new share folder), then select "Options" > "Setup General Options", then click on "Files" in the left-hand navigation panel.
  2. Enter the network share path in the "Report, data entry form and shareable config files path" box.
    • If you've set up the program so that multiple users are running a single copy of the software, you can make this setting stick for all users by clicking the "Apply this path selection to all program users" box; otherwise, you need to make this change on each computer running the program (using the login account that the actual program user runs from).
  3. If the software's been installed on individual computers, you'll need to set the shareable config. file path for each computer to point to the network share path used in the previous step. On each computer: start the software, select "Options" > "Setup General Options", then click on "Files" in the left-hand navigation panel and enter the new network share path into the "Report, data entry form and shareable config files path" box.