Path Difference

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I was trying to set the path difference in the second image.
According to my plans theoretically he should left the circle intact, cutting and shaping only the line


When I go to path set difference then it "erase" the line and the circle.

Gif fail


I don't know Inkscape very well, so can you describe me each step to make?
thanks for your helpful help!

Ps: if you think this question is useful and well written, do not hesitate to put an upvote, thanks

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    Sorry, but we know nothing about the real structure of your objects - are they groups, combined paths, do they have effects etc... A plain open Bezier curve subtracted from a fresh manually drawn circle takes off nothing, only the curve vanishes. You have something else there. What? Remove ALL extras, leave only the line and the circle and show the Objects panel.
    – user82991
    Commented Jan 12, 2021 at 10:25
  • they are nothing :) I've just opened Inkscape and drew a circle and a line to try again, but the result is everytime the same: Blank . If you want I can share the screenshot but they are empty objects.
    – Les Go
    Commented Jan 12, 2021 at 10:52
  • Blank result is still something else than what Inkscape 1.0 gives.
    – user82991
    Commented Jan 12, 2021 at 13:35
  • Yes it was, but with the help of @Billy it work👍 Thank you too for supporting
    – Les Go
    Commented Jan 12, 2021 at 13:56

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Convert the path using Path > Stroke to Path. This will turn the stroke into a closed shape with a fill.

Now it should work.


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  • It works thanks so much👍 Are there any problems if I make the line first and then the circle? What if I put the line in another layer below the circle?
    – Les Go
    Commented Jan 12, 2021 at 11:02
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    @Lale Why don't you try it and see? Obviously the result will be completely different
    – Billy Kerr
    Commented Jan 12, 2021 at 11:08
  • I just did, and the result is very different, now I'm having fun with it... thanks a lot again for the clarification
    – Les Go
    Commented Jan 12, 2021 at 11:10

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