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Old 12-10-2013, 10:01 AM   #121
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[GUI Plugin] ePub Merge not maintaining file order

Not sure if it's me or Sigil or the plugin, but when I ePubMerge a group of files the resulting super-epub's html files are not in the expected order when I open in Sigil

Seems to be related to some of the sub-epub file names being duplicated and ePubMerge creating it's own uniquified version names which sort wrong or are in the OFP/NCX wrong. I think that some of the references are also incorrect. The images, fonts, and style sheets are a possible issue also.

It might be worth considering a change to the plug in to make a first pass through each sub-ePub to rename the files and references to something that Sigil could order more better So if I'm merging 8 files and I've arranged them in order using the plugin, I could get a better starting point in Sigil

Top of my head example:

F01_0001_original nameABC.html
F01_0002_original nameDEF.html
F01_0003_original nameGHJ.html

....


F08_0099_original nameZXC.html
F08_0100_original nameDSA.html
F08_0101_original nameEWQ.html


and


F01_0001_original name.jpg


etc.

I've tried doing that manually and it sort of works some of the time, but not reliability

I would like to use ePub Merge since it seems to be a conveinent way to make a series into a single ePub that I can polish up in Sigil. Each book being a <h1> and the chapters or what not being <h2>

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Old 12-10-2013, 07:06 PM   #122
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Not sure if it's me or Sigil or the plugin, but when I ePubMerge a group of files the resulting super-epub's html files are not in the expected order when I open in Sigil
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Unfortunately, this is a known problem with Sigil.

I opened a bug report back in Feb 2013 and the Sigil team acknowledged that it was an issue. But as of Nov 2013 they've closed the bug without comment. I assume that means they have no interest in fixing it.
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Old 12-11-2013, 10:10 PM   #123
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Unfortunately, this is a known problem with Sigil.
Thanks for letting me know.

Is there a way that the plugin could create a more 'Sigil-friendly' file naming when it generates the merged epub, assuming that it's the file names that cause the mis-sorting?

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Old 12-11-2013, 10:38 PM   #124
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Is there a way that the plugin could create a more 'Sigil-friendly' file naming when it generates the merged epub, assuming that it's the file names that cause the mis-sorting?
EpubMerge, because it's combining files from different epubs, uses a different directory inside the epub zip file for the files from each source epub. That way it doesn't matter if different epubs had the same file names inside. And all relative links between files (be they html links, image tags, CSS, etc) are preserved without changing the content of the files. EpubMerge doesn't have to parse the content files at all.

Speaking from memory (I haven't tested it in a while), Sigil assumes that every file in the epub zip will have a unique name. And if there is an existing directory structure, it flattens that structure to suit its conventions, while parsing and changing the content files so that links reflect the new structure. That--especially if there are files with identical names in different directories--is the source of the problem.

So while EpubMerge could in theory produce 'Sigil-friendly' output, it would take additional work parsing files to change links and guaranteeing unique file names to do so. If somebody else wants to do it, I'd accept code contributions to make it an option, but I'm not planning to code it myself.

I don't have a problem with Sigil changing the content and structure to match its conventions. But since Sigil is the program that's misinterpreting valid epub files and is already parsing the files and changing all the links, I really think it's on Sigil to correct the way it reads epubs with directory structure.
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Old 12-12-2013, 10:28 AM   #125
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Yea, I agree with you.

I was able to get mostly around the Sigil bug by using Sigil individually on all 10 epubs and renaming the HTMLs into a FILE01_001, etc. convention. Of course, I forgot the images so I still had a fair amount of manual cleanup to do to the merged output, but it was still easier.

Q: Did I understand correctly: Does EpubMerge create sub-folders inside the merged file that Sigil will read and flatten? Are they still there in case I need to un-merge?

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Correct. Unmerging relies on merged epubs being in the directory structure EpubMerge put them in. So merged epubs cannot be unmerged after they've been edited in Sigil.
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Yea, I agree with you.

I was able to get mostly around the Sigil bug by using Sigil individually on all 10 epubs and renaming the HTMLs into a FILE01_001, etc. convention. Of course, I forgot the images so I still had a fair amount of manual cleanup to do to the merged output, but it was still easier.

Q: Did I understand correctly: Does EpubMerge create sub-folders inside the merged file that Sigil will read and flatten? Are they still there in case I need to un-merge?

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Sigil is dead ended so don't expect changes.
Calibre is gaining an editor (without the flatten issue), but it is still a work in progress so don' t expect Sigils feature set yet (it will happen)

A work around.
Sigil each book, and use the rename function to change all filenames to something unique BEFORE merging, then it will not matter if they get flattened
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Understand no more Sigil.

I'd like to know about the Calibre editor. It sounds interesting

And I actually did the suggested workaround. Next time I'll remember to also to rename the pictures also

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I'd like to know about the Calibre editor. It sounds interesting

And I actually did the suggested workaround. Next time I'll remember to also to rename the pictures also

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The main discussion is still here: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=224525

It is Live in the current Calibre, just missing some of the Sigil 7 features I have grown used to . More stuff being added this next release
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I wasn't aware of that effort; very interesting. Thanks for pointing it out.
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Thank you for all the time and energy you've spent on this. It's a great plug-in and I've found it really useful.

Recently, I've noticed that my original Table of Contents aren't preserved during the merge in Calibre. I've fiddled with the config settings a bit, but it hasn't returned them.

Currently, I have ticked "Insert Toc" and have left blank "Flatten ToC".

I was wondering if anyone else has run into this or knows which setting I have of. The plug-in I'm using is v. 1.3.7. I see above the next is out, but it's not up in Calibre yet, so I haven't done that.

I appreciate anyone's help and thanks again for making this.

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Recently, I've noticed that my original Table of Contents aren't preserved during the merge in Calibre. I've fiddled with the config settings a bit, but it hasn't returned them.

Currently, I have ticked "Insert Toc" and have left blank "Flatten ToC".

I was wondering if anyone else has run into this or knows which setting I have of.
It's working fine for me. Can you provide example epubs of a couple books that didn't merge like you expected?

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The plug-in I'm using is v. 1.3.7. I see above the next is out, but it's not up in Calibre yet, so I haven't done that.
I don't know why calibre isn't offering the latest version. I've sent Kovid a PM asking about it.
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