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How does one fill the gaps in a reading list? 3 years 7 months ago #38891

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Gents,
When importing a reading list if a file is missing you have the option to create a fileless entry in it's place. I do this. To later replace the fileless entry with a real file I:
  1. Scrape my new file
  2. Right-click on it and add it to the list
  3. Go to the list and order by Position
  4. Select my new file
  5. Using the mouse I move it to the spot where the offending fileless entry is
  6. I delete the fileless entry
Is there a better/easier way to replace the fileless entry with a proper entry?

Maybe after the replacement real file is scraped and then duplicates are displayed can the real file be dropped onto the fileless entry and replace it? Or something? Maybe a script to replace fileless entries? Can I somehow ask the reading list to re-check my library?
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How does one fill the gaps in a reading list? 3 years 7 months ago #38922

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I agree with this suggestion. I assumed that these fileless entries would somehow be able to link to an actual file once it was in the collection. Boshuda's suggestion of a script to re-search and match the library as it changes would be awesome. At the very least, it would be great to be able to right-click the fileless entry and link it to an actual file.
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How does one fill the gaps in a reading list? 3 years 7 months ago #38923

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So I'm correct that this is the only way to do this? If so, then I'll make a feature request in the appropriate place. Once I figure out where that is...
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How does one fill the gaps in a reading list? 3 years 7 months ago #38924

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There is a way to link a fileless entry to a comic file, but it can only be done one entry at a time. Go to the summary page of the info box, and under the ratings is a box that says "Link to File". Click that and navigate to your file, and the two entries will merge. There is no way to do this in bulk that I am aware of.
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How does one fill the gaps in a reading list? 3 years 7 months ago #38940

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Thanks for the tip, sykoone. I tried what you suggested, but it looks like the LINK TO FILE button will only link the fileless entry to a book that isn't in the library already. It won't let me merge it with an existing library file. It seems like the point of a placeholder is defeated if it can't be associated with a file later.
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How does one fill the gaps in a reading list? 3 years 6 months ago #39036

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Many of the lists could just be deleted and reloaded once you have extra books. That would add books that you have recently added to your library.
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How does one fill the gaps in a reading list? 3 years 6 months ago #39070

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That's another great suggestion, but that didn't work for me either. Sometimes I actually have the books, but for some reason they aren't matching up. I've even tried Scraping the fileless entry so that the details match the file exactly, but deleting and reloading the list still didn't find the books. I know the list can be edited in notepad, etc, but often I have something like 40 fileless entries in a list, and manually changing the details in the list to figure out why each one isn't being found is too difficult and very time-consuming.

Somehow, a fileless entry needs to be able to be merged with a real file in the library by hand. It seems crazy that this isn't an option, because it would seem like the only purpose of a fileless entry would be to have a placeholder until you get the actual file. Instead, they seem like they are their separate library item. I must be missing something.
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How does one fill the gaps in a reading list? 3 years 6 months ago #39116

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But what you are highlighting seems to be a problem with the list itself.
In that case it would probably be better to do this:

1: Ensure everything is scraped in the list as well as the new files
2: Drag the list results into a new temporary list and then export it.
{Step 2 may not be necessary but I would do this}
3: delete the fileless entries and the reading lists.
3: Then edit the CBL File to delete all of the file names.
{Easiest way to do that is use a text editor with Regular Expressions such as Textpad and:

replace
<FileName>.*>
with
nothing
}

4: Reload the cbl file

I am sure someone could make a script to automate this process but its quite quick if you use the regex method.
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How does one fill the gaps in a reading list? 3 years 6 months ago #39217

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Thanks. I'll give that a shot.
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