| 2:14 am on Feb 8, 2001 (gmt 0)|
I believe there was a site-building program that used vti directories. It's been a while, but it may have been part of the onboard site search/indexing routine. Your comment about "look mostly empty" was what struck me, that's what I remembered about them, too.
Does the site have an onboard search?
| 3:01 am on Feb 8, 2001 (gmt 0)|
I inquired about this a couple of years ago and I thought the host told me it was something to do with front page extensions.
| 3:35 am on Feb 8, 2001 (gmt 0)|
Isn't that "the disk eating, no purpose Front Page extension that I really never understood and always deleted anyway."
You can delete them if you want...unless youre using a webbot or something, it's been awhile since I used FP
| 3:05 pm on Feb 8, 2001 (gmt 0)|
Just to take it a little deeper with Bones comment. These are used for any FP "components" or "webbots". If you do not use any of these period it is ok to delete. If you have include pages make sure to use "normal" include statements instead of the "FP include component statement". This goes for FP forms versus "normal" forms. Just investigate thoughly first is what I am trying to say. Yes I made the mistake once.
| 6:08 am on Feb 9, 2001 (gmt 0)|
_vti directories are created by the FrontPage Server Extensions. They are used to maintain meta information about the website. They are necessary if you want to use Microsoft FrontPage or Visual InterDev to manage the site. There are FrontPage server extensions that run on most *nix web servers as well as IIS.
| 5:51 pm on Feb 9, 2001 (gmt 0)|
Thanks everyone for solving the mystery.
And please, go away Front Page.