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How to scan all DWG drawings for missing SHX files?

A - answer If you want to find (without opening the individual files) which of your DWG drawings contain references to SHX files (shapes, fonts), you can use the CADstudio DBXscanSHX batch utility.

The free LISP utility DBXscanSHX scans all DWG files in a given folder (and its subfolders) and generates a report with a list of all DWG files containing references to SHX files, the number of SHX files and their names (paths). The DWG files are not opened individually.

Just appload this utility and start the "DBXscanSHX" command. Browse to the folder you want to process and click "Save". You can also specify a wildcard mask to scan only for a specific SHX file. Missing SHX files are highlighted.

You can download the application from, see the accompanying TXT file.

Sample of a report:
Xanadu DBXscanSHX report (verbose mode)  
Timestamp: 20100502.1023  
Start processing root folder C:\My Projects\  
Start processing folder C:\My Projects\  
-- C:\My Projects\BasinAreas.dwg  
-- C:\My Projects\BIG_LOM.dwg  
   3 SHX(s)  
   LINETYPE GEO:scadline.shx (not-found!)
   TEXTSTYLE STANDARD:C:\AutoCAD LT\isocp.shx (not-found!)
-- C:\My Projects\AEC-Wall.dwg  
   2 SHX(s)  
   LTYPE ISOLATION:ltypeshp.shx
   SHAPEFILE:cadkon.shx (not-found!)

---- processing finished ----

See also the DBX utilities

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