List of Special Files and Directories Maintained by FrontPage

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This appendix lists all the files and directories that FrontPage adds to each root web or sub-web.






Overlay files for FrontPage's text on GIF and navigation button features. These files are transparent GIFs that are overlaid on top of base button or banner images to build a complete text on GIF or navigation button composite image.


*.htx, *.gif

Files that are dynamically generated by FrontPage that can be regenerated at any time, such as *.htx files created by the FrontPage Search Component (only when using IIS with Microsoft Index Server) and composite text on GIF images (for example, theme buttons and banners).


top.htm, left.htm, right.htm, bottom.htm

Shared border definition files that are included into pages using shared borders.


*.gif, *.inf, *.css files for each theme

FrontPage themes storage. Each theme that is applied to the web is uploaded into a uniquely named subfolder of the _themes directory. Each theme consists of GIF, CSS, and INF files that define the theme.



Compiled Java class files that implement the Banner Ad Manager and Hover Button FrontPage components.



This folder is created in each FrontPage web. It is intended to contain user files that are not browsable. This feature does not work on IIS servers.



Stub FrontPage Server Extensions executables for runtime functionality.



Runtime portion of the FrontPage Hit Counter component.



Query files created by the FrontPage Search component when using IIS with Microsoft Index Server. These files reside in the _vti_bin directory in order to get execute permissions.



Stub FrontPage Server Extensions executables for authoring functionality.



Stub FrontPage Server Extensions executables for security functionality.



Used for custom FrontPage (WebBot) components created using the FrontPage SDK. This folder contains the implementations of custom FrontPage components. FrontPage custom components installed in these directories are optionally downloaded to the user's machine when that Component is inserted by the user.


For each HTML page and graphics file in a FrontPage web there is a configuration file of the same name.

Each configuration page contains a set of name value pairs, identifying such things as the last author to edit a page or the program associated with a file.



Root web only. Only populated after the web administrator has enabled logging in the frontpg.ini or we<port>.cnf file. When active, an author.log file gets created here logging only FrontPage authoring and administration operations.



Contains the current settings of the To Do List.



Contains the changes to the To Do List.



Contains HTTP server-specific access control information.



On Netscape servers only. Encrypted names and passwords of administrators.



On Netscape servers only. Encrypted names and passwords of authors.



Used for custom WebBot components created using the FrontPage SDK.



Custom FrontPage (WebBot ) components information listing



Dependency database for the web.



Dependency database for the web.



Root Web only. Lock file to keep web server resources from being accessed simultaneously. Should be a zero-byte file at idle time. With IIS and WebSite servers, this file is located in C:\Program Files\Microsoft FrontPage\version3.0\temp, not in the web content area's _vti_pvt directory.



Back links for URLs not in the current web.



Contains meta-information about the web.



Lists the members of the Administrator and Author groups. Used only for CERN and NCSA servers.



Contains the encrypted password files. Not used on IIS and WebSite servers.



Contains the absolute file system path to the FrontPage web's service.pwd and service.grp files. Used only for CERN and NCSA servers.



Root web only. Contains the list of sub-webs.

Root web only. File used as the basis for services.cnf when reinstalling the Server Extensions, so that sub-webs are recreated as sub-webs instead of as subdirectories of the root web.



Lock file to keep web resources from being accessed simultaneously. Should be a zero-byte file at idle time.



Contains FrontPage web navigational information storage.



Root web only. File used to store whether sub-webs have unique permissions settings and any IP Address restrictions, so that when reinstalling the Server Extensions the correct permissions settings are reapplied to any sub-webs.



On Netscape servers only. Encrypted names and passwords of end-users.



Used on IIS only. The presence of this file indicates that the sub-web has unique permissions settings, as opposed to inheriting permissions from the root web. Present only in sub-webs.



Back links for files that can be written to by users of the web, such as Save Results Form handler result files. Files that can be written to by users of the web have a looser security setting than regular web content.



Contains image map files.



This folder contains text indices for the WAIS search engine only. It is not used by Index Server on IIS.

FrontPage also includes Server Extensions configuration files. See Using the FrontPage Configuration File for details on Server Extensions configuration files naming convention and file locations.



Affected Stores

Document parsing and attribute discovery

Document parser plus title, base, link extractor

• _vti_cnf, link
• content (read only)
• _vti_txt

Document expansion

Bot expansion, themes, borders,URL macros, link fix-up, taking page styles from other pages

• _vti_cnf · link map
• service.cnf (read)
• deptodoc, doctodep
• structure store (read)
• bot meta-info (read)
• _themes
• content
• _vti_map
• _overlay (read)
• frontpg.ini (read)

Source control

VSS integration

• VSS database
• content
• _vti_cnf
• service.cnf
• structure.cnf
• _overlay

Structure store

Web structure store

• structure store · content
• _vti_cnf
• trigger dependency recalculation

Access control

Setting permissions on web

• svcacl.cnf, access.cnf
• content
• web server config (read)

Todo list

Todo list

• to do list

File system management

Generic reading, writing, etc. of files

• content
• trigger dependency recalculation
• _vti_cnf

Meta-info store

Combined meta-information stores

• _vti_cnf
• service.cnf
• frontpg.ini (read)
• trigger dependency recalculation

Dependency management

Managing relationships between documents, structure store, time, meta-info, etc.

• _vti_cnf
• deptodoc, doctodep
• service.cnf (autorecalc bit)

Text indexing/searching

Internal WAIS text index

• service.cnf
• frontpg.ini (read)
• _vti_txt


Only author and admin ops

• _vti_log

"Open bot" management

Install and execution of open bots

• bots.cnf (read)
• botinfs.cnf (read)
• _vti_bot (read)

Web server management

Marking folders as executable, readable, etc. Getting URL to file mappings, etc.

• frontpg.ini (read)
• web server configuration


Internal based, not user driven

• _vti_pvt/service.lck