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Breaking apart a line made of multiple lines doesn't separate it into individual lines.

I have a line made of multiple line segments (not a group, its one object). I select the line and do "Path" -> "Break Apart". Nothing happens, the lines are still one connected object, not individual lines.

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    That's not what break apart is for. It's a path operation which breaks apart compound paths - basically the opposite of creating a compound path. It doesn't break nodes apart. – Billy Kerr Aug 30 at 19:45
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The action that needs to be done is "Break path at selected nodes".

Using the "Edit paths by nodes" tool: select the line -> select each node in the line (shortcut ctrl+a) -> press "Break path at selected nodes"

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