Not exactly true all the time. There may be nothing on the layer to "see".
It could contain only an insertion point for a block that only has entities
in it which are on other layers.
Further, the reason for the inability to purge the layers could be due to
other factors like:
Layer is defined in a block which is not inserted
Layer is frozen in a floating viewport
What exactly are you trying to accomplish with deleting the layers?
There may be other ways of doing it, like wblocking out the portion of
the drawing that you are using...
Did you check each xreference to see what layer it's been inserted on.
You aren't trying to delete xreference layers, right?
Fred Evans wrote:
michael was pretty complete with his answer - we are not surprized.
if the layers you want to delete are on and thawed and you zoom extents
and can select no entities.....
the layers could be referenced in a block or in a floating (paper space)
viewport. or it could be in a block which is defined but not inserted.
I am guessing, but it could be a layer that is used in a dimension style
that is not being used.
if that don't help, I would WBLOCK out all of model space and see if it
Show only that one layer; hide all other layers. Then erase "all". Set
some other layer current. Then you may be able to delete the layer in
question. In case of a problem, try listing only the unused layers, and
see whether the layer in question is unused.
alvarez at svpal dot org
And then to add to all of the problems... I've found in trying to do what you
are attempting, that sometimes there will be something in a Block (ie: a small
line, node, or something)... that has a different colour, etc.
If that happens, you either have to just accept the fact that it's there for
good, or find out which block has the junk in it.
Hello all I am back again and i will answer all the questions in this one
(sorry I posted twice and i realise the confusion caused)
1. Kitty replied
a. why i want to delete the layers.
I have a drawing that has about 4 duplications of the same info under
different layer names and i want to get it all sorted out
b. check all x -refs
how do i check each x-ref for where it is used?( i think this may be where
the problem lies
I cant find any file with a similar reference or that may be a wblock
2. micheal suggested
layer defined as a block
there is a named view of this part of the drawing
how do i delete the view??
I am not sure what this means?
I wblock all workspace and see what happens
If I do wblock does this mean that all is written to a file and "moved " off
the current into another
cant quite get my mind around the wblock conncept
Do you know anyone more experienced nearby? Sounds to me like you need to
get someone to help you, or to get yourself more familiar with the software.
These are not exactly basic, beginner type steps.
I have a lisp routine on my site called "NEXT" that could help you, combined
with the LIST command, to sort out how the file is put together. Download it
to a known directory, then APPLOAD it from acad, and run it by typing "NEXT"
at the command prompt.
I think I would suggest you check what xrefs you have. I'm flying blind
Obviously you did not create this file, you are working from someone
else's stuff. I don't make xrefs myself, because my drawings are simple.
type "xref" on the command line and that should bring up the dialog box
that will list the xrefs and how they are loaded, whether they are
If you have duplication of entities in different xrefs (save copies
before you do ANYTHING permanent) it might be easiest to delete the
entities and the layers (read: "do your editing")in the xref files
if WBLOCK is something you are unfamiliar with, and you have a file full
of xrefs I am afraid you have major headaches ahead of you.
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