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255 VOTE
Status Future Consideration
Product Spotfire
Categories Data Access
Created by Guest
Created on Nov 30, 2016

Open analysis file without data

When doing support, we need to open DXP file with sometime HUGE amount of data.

It would be useful to be able to open a DXP file in Spotfire Analyst, with a special option "Without Data".

So we could just have a look to 

* how many data source the user load

* What calculated object he create

* etc.

And then, try to modifiy things to resolve the problem

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  • Guest
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    Feb 9, 2024

    This is still so valid. Can we get an explanation as to why this is not in the list for implementation ?

  • Guest
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    Jan 19, 2024

    + having this option would be extremely helpful for application profiler

  • Guest
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    Mar 24, 2023

    This also solves the issue of DXP's that use Legacy data loading options, and the data source is no longer working.

    Maybe lock this ability to only those within a group, or have a certain Spotfire Licence.

  • Guest
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    Nov 19, 2022
    Thanks for suggestions and comments 🙂 Yes, I agree that all of the mentioned approaches help. However they got their own downsides - 1. Opening dxp in offline mode help to avoid data load, but you cannot save changes to library in offline mode. 2. Limit at Information link is the approach I use at present, but the approach causes a downtime. Also, even for small changes - you need to make changes to all the ILs used and revert the changes later. This is a big overhead. 3. To export a dxp file, you need library administration access - which is not a big deal. But the files get exported to a server/location where developer do not have access easily.
  • Guest
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    Nov 19, 2022

    as a workaround in the meantime,
    I have created a filter element for information designer queries like rownum <= 1 , and

    For shared data connections perhaps you can add a limit as well in the used query.
    having an option to open DXP without triggering a data load would be perfect. (or add a mini dummy dataset based on datatype)

  • Guest
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    Dec 21, 2016

    I'm ok with you Frederik :-)

  • Guest
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    Dec 15, 2016

    Yes, the idea itself is definitely very valid (I have voted for it as well). All the various suggestions here should just be seen as alternatives that you might be able to use right now, to help you solve certain subsets of the complete use case. 

  • Guest
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    Dec 15, 2016

    Ok for the export in the server... but it means it's only the administrator that can do so (my team...)

    That's why i ask for a specific option, so that all Desktop user can do so, without the need to be administrator :-)

  • Guest
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    Dec 9, 2016

    And adding yet another option - between Norbert and my current suggestions hopefully one will work well for your specific use case) - you could also just export the analysis from the library and then open it offline.

     

    1. In Spotfire Analyst, go to the Tools menu > Library Administration
    2. Select the analysis file in the Library that you are interested in
    3. Click Export
    4. Copy the export file from the server (by default stored in [server install dir]\tomcat\application-data\library) to your local machine
    5. Unzip the export file.
    6. Among the unzipped files there should be one with a GUID as a name (example: 40e1e2c2-4a47-46ea-8e46-028c3cc62e19). That is in fact the dxp file. Just change the name and add ".dxp" at the end (so e.g. 40e1e2c2-4a47-46ea-8e46-028c3cc62e19.dxp)
    7. Now restart your Analyst, and make sure to select to Work offline
    8. Open the dxp file. 

  • Guest
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    Dec 8, 2016

    Fredrik's approach only works if you have the dxp as file saved locally instead of it being in the library. An another way if you have more than 1 spotfire server is to export the dxp only but not the infolinks, import it to an another environment and open it from there. It will also complain about missing data but you can carry on opening it without data

  • Guest
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    Dec 8, 2016

    But, if i am off line, i can't get my DXP file from the library ? no ?

    So it's impossible to save it in local mode

  • Guest
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    Dec 5, 2016

    +1 to that idea.

    Note that when you are dealing with linked data sources (such as Information Links), running the Analyst in "Work Offline" mode can be useful, as you'll then simply immediately get a "Missing Data" warning, which still allows you to continue opening the analysis. 

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