When importing an native assembly I have this question.
I clean out the assembly so that only the parts inside the particular assembly will be imported that is relevant to the particular assembly.
I also clean out the folder so that there is no files that is not in the assembly.
My question is, how do I get the assembly to only reflect the latest configuration as per the last save. What happens is that a lot of “dead wood” so to speak comes up on the import form. This is causing confusion and heaps of work.
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Two things to consider:
1) Files renamed on the OS
If a component part file has been renamed on the OS, the assembly will still continue to load the renamed component, however it will still have a pointer back to the old filename. When importing parts, the command will load the new renamed component but it will also prompt for the old part - which does not exist.
2) Interpart associations
Assemblies and their components can contain interpart links to other files. This can include Positioning Constraints, WAVE linked geometry, interpart expressions and so on. The import command will prompt for each parent of an interpart reference. I assume your importing using "Add Assembly" rather than "From Folder", therefore I would be inclined to add the assembly and at least complete a dry run before I start removing parts from the folder on the OS. It is OK to remove the components from the assembly, just make sure that all references to those parts have also been removed.
You might also want to consider executing Part Cleanup, just in case there are any rogue tags that have not be deleted.