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File Manager Toolbar

The toolbar located across the top of the File Manager window contains buttons useful for directory navigation, file manipulation, and configuring the view.

Figure 1: The File Manager ToolbarThe File Manager Toolbar
Table 1: File Manager Toolbar Functions




Displays the contents of a previous directory accessed.


Allows you to go forward on the history list.


Changes the directory to the parent of the current directory.


Goes to the server’s home directory.


Displays the directory path.


Refreshes the directory view.


Search text inside the files of the current directory.


This drop-down selection allows you to customize the display.


Opens the online-help webpage for more detailed information.

Files of Types

This field filters for file names or extensions.

The file type drop-down filter options include the following NorthStar Planner-specific files:

  • All Files (*.*): Displays all file types in a directory in the right pane of the File Manager.

  • Spec Files (spec.*): Displays only the specification files in a directory. The specification file is used by the program to determine which input directories and files to load for the network.

  • Dparam Files (dparam.*): Allows you to display only the dparam files in a directory. The dparam file contains default parameter values for the network, such as hardware type, link bandwidth and overhead, size and performance tuning, and miscellaneous parameters.

  • MuxLoc Files (muxloc.*): Displays only muxloc files in the directory. This file contains the node ID and name of each node in the network.

  • BBlink Files (bblink.*): Displays only bblink files. This file contains the location, quantity, vendor, and attributes of the links found in the network.

  • Demand Files (demand.*): Displays only demand files. This file contains information regarding the end-to-end demands, circuits, or flows, and path specifications needed for the network.

    You can enter in a custom filter string using the wildcards “*” and “?” and press <Enter>.

  • ‘*’ (Asterisk): Represents any string of characters. One advantage is that files can be filtered by runcode. For example, you can type in the filter *.mpls-fish to filter the files to show only files with the runcode mpls-fish.

  • ‘?’ (Question Mark): Represents any one character. For example, the bblink.mpls? string can be used to fetch files named bblink.mpls1 and bblink.mpls2 but not bblink.mpls-fish.