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The Input Data tools throw the error below when a folder name within the root directory of a mapped drive starts with a period "." character. This is frequently seen with Google Drive directories as they start with G:\.shortcut-targets-by-id, but it is not an issue specific to Google Drive.
Can't find the file: "[path\FileName]". Make sure the file path is correct.
Additionally, users may experience either of the following issues as well:
The Alteryx workflow in one of these directories may not open.
If the Alteryx workflow has a macro saved in one of these directories, the workflow will fail. The following error may also be thrown when attempting to reopen the workflow.
This workflow references macros (_externals\1\MacroName.yxmc) that are missing or inaccessible. Saving this workflow will permanently disable these tools.
Known product defect TCPE-17.
This product defect TCPE-17 has been resolved in Designer version 2021.4 and later.
Rename the folder to remove the period.
Relocate the folder that starts with a period to a sub-directory. Note that this issue only occurs when the folder name within the root directory has the period.
Upgrade to Designer version 2021.4 or newer, or Downgrade to Designer version 2021.2 or older.