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Article ID: 194090

Article Last Modified on 10/3/2001


  • Microsoft FrontPage 98 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q194090

For a Microsoft FrontPage 97 and earlier version of this article, see 159239.


In FrontPage 98, if you delete a FrontPage Web using a file manager other than FrontPage, the Web server configuration files retain mapping information to any _vti* directories that were part of the deleted FrontPage Web.


Using a file management program other than FrontPage is not recommended on FrontPage Webs. FrontPage Explorer is the only recommended file management tool for a FrontPage Web.

To delete a Web in FrontPage, open the Web site using FrontPage Explorer and click Delete FrontPage Web on the File menu.

If you used a file manager other than FrontPage to delete the web, use the following steps to manually remove the Web name from the list of Webs:

  1. In a text editor, such as Notepad, open the Services.cnf file.

The Services.cnf file is located in the _vti_pvt directory of the server's root Web. Note that this file is different from the Service.cnf file (no "s") which occurs in every FrontPage Web.

  1. Find the name of the Web that you want to delete from the list, and delete it.
  2. If the web whose name you deleted was in the middle of the list, remove the blank line.
  3. Save and close the file.

To completely remove the FrontPage Web, you must edit the Web server configuration files to remove the maps to _vti* directories that were part of the deleted FrontPage Web. For information about removing maps to _vti* directories, consult your Web server documentation.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in the Microsoft products listed at the beginning of this article.


FrontPage Explorer is the best file management tool for a FrontPage Web. Do not use a different file manager (such as Windows Explorer) to modify or delete a FrontPage Web.

FrontPage 98 will detect if a Web directory has been deleted with a file management tool other than FrontPage and it will not display the Web in the list of Webs. However, the entry in the Services.cnf and the directory maps on the Web server will not be deleted. For optimum performance, you should delete the Web using the steps in the "Resolution" section of this article.

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