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Full Install backups bug #267694 06/09/20 06:02 AM
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There is a problem with the Backups system when doing a full install.
When doing a full install, the installer simply overwrites the contents of the backups folders, instead of first checking for the existence of the backups folders, and if existing then creating new folders named backups1 , backups2 , ect.

The contents of both of these folders is overwritten:
C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\mIRC\backups
and
C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\mIRC\scripts\backups

I only learned of this problem today, when I upgraded from v7.55, to v7.61, and then to v7.63
I had downloaded 7.61 a couple of weeks back, but had not had time to install it till today.
Installing v7.61, I learned that it was already superseded by v7.63, so I downloaded that, and installed it.
It was only after launching 7.63 that the problem with the backups folders was apparent. All my settings from 7.55 had been wiped out. I checked for the backups folders, intending to restore my settings from those backups, and found the backups folders only contained the default .INIs for v7.61.

Re: Full Install backups bug [Re: JeniSkunk] #267695 06/09/20 10:28 AM
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Thanks for your bug report. This is the intended behaviour. The installer will only make one backup and that will be of your current settings. There was a time, in 1996, when the installer created a new backup at every install. This resulted in some users, who ran the installer regularly, having a very large, and ever increasing, number of backup folders. Users complained about the behaviour, so it was changed to the current behaviour. I could change this back again and limit it to a small number of backups, say ten dated backup folders at most. That would resolve the issue for users who perform several installs one after the other and would still prevent a build up of backups. I have added this to my to-do list.

Re: Full Install backups bug [Re: Khaled] #267698 06/09/20 12:26 PM
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Thanks Khaled. smile
I've seen that unlimited backups folders behaviour in older programs as well. Chews up space unnecessarily.
But a limited number of backups folders would be good, for any occasion where a user does 2 or more updates in a very short timeframe, because that's what caught me out.