Is it possible to merge two .NSF files in Lotus Notes?

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We've already made our own .NSF file using "mail85.ntf" and we've added new content into the new file. What happens now is that it calls a Java agent when an action button is pressed. Here's our question: Would we be able to merge this .NSF file with an existing .NSF file? Would that be possible in Lotus Notes? Thanks so much

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The answer is “it depends.” A Notes application contains two kinds of notes: data notes and design notes. Data is, of course, data; design notes are the code and programming elements that control how the application behaves. 

If the two databases have the same design, then you can copy the data notes from one database and paste them into the other (useful if you have just a few thousand notes or so). You can also write some basic code to copy the data notes from one DB to another if you have a larger volume of notes. This is a generalization; in some specific cases you could copy the data and still have it not work right depending on the design of the application and how the data was created.

If the two databases do not have the same design, then you really have two different applications that store and use their data in different ways. The odds of the two applications having compatible data structures are essentially zero. The data could be made to work in the second database but you’ll need a professional and skilled IBM Notes developer.

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  • Stiletto
    It is not clear to me what you mean by "merge."  Do you want one NSF to be based on the design of the other so that it includes the new agent functionality?
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  • Abushahd
    Please give some more details about your question.
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  • clark445kent

    Hi,

    If your “own stuff” involves design changes, then you give your Database a template name and refresh the other DB from your database by the using of DESIGN-REFRESH (Not DESIGN-REPLACE). The design changes will then be in both databases.

    If your "own stuff" has to do with documents, then you can use copy/paste to move the ones you want from one DB to the other. If there a lot of them, then LotusScript NotesDatabase. All Document. CopyToDatabase (tragetDB) will move them with less manual action.

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  • Stiletto
    Yes, by all means, you should patronize a company that hawks its wares by stooping to trolling support sites...especially when the troll has demonstrated so much expertise that they have a whole 20 points on the site.
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  • Stiletto
    To clarify - the was in response to a posting which is no longer here.
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  • amiliewilson
    Hi ITKE, Your query is very genuine sometime we face the situations where we need to merge NSF files in that condition earlier, we are left with only one solution i.e. Copy & Paste. But nowadays we have lot many tools that not only merge the NSF files, but also removes the Duplicate as well as Deleted items automatically. Such tool is found in the market with the name of SYSTOOLS, SECURASOFT, INTRIGUIA, SYSINFOTOOLS and many more.
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  • Elizine
    You can use copy/paste to move the files you want from one DB to the other. If there a lot of them, then LotusScript NotesDatabase.AllDocument.CopyToDatabase(tragetDB) will move them with less manual action.
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  • Stiletto
    IIRC, you'll want to make sure FolderReferences are turned on, so that the docs wind up in the correct folders...It's been awhile, so that might not be completely accurate. Worth checking/testing though.
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  • Jocko2016

    I got a new laptop last week, and the desktop team did not move over my old NSF file.  I now have a new 80gb NSF file that represents the archived files I have since I started using the new machine. When I try to copy/paste my old 13 gb NSF file into the Notes Archive folder, (we are in Win 7), I only get these options: 

    1- Copy and Replace

    2- Don't copy,

    3-Copy, but keep both files.

    As a result, I now have 2 NSF files in my Archive folder (one renamed a_myname (2), but I can only open one from inside Notes, as it will only point to one archive location. the other NSG file is only accessible by double-clicking it. Is there no way to merge the 2?

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  • Stiletto
    Drag/drop; copy/paste.
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