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    Protect Your Auctioneer Data!

    Last night I learned a lesson that I should pass on to my dear readers.

    Whenever you close WoW, log out, or even disconnect from the game, several important data files are saved and "put away" for next use. This includes files under the SavedVariables folder. If the game is abruptly closed, these files are not "checked out" properly and this results in corrupted data. Subsequently, the next time you open WoW, these corrupted files are replaced with new ones and configuration data is lost.

    For me, a power outage caused corrupted files. Lost data included:
    • Auctioneer price database and seen counts.
    • Bartender and PvP mod configurations.
    • Past sales records.

    Luckily my Auctioneer settings (including snatch list) and zero auctions were preserved. It hurts to lose that much data, but I was probably due for a clean start anyway. After all, I was dragging some WotLK pricing data. The worst part is that I can't do effective realtime scans because resale is all messed up. But let's look on the brighter side, /getall searches now take under 15 seconds!

    I still haven't given up on restoring the old files. If I'm at all successful in restoring them I will definitely report here.

    Meanwhile, what can you do to prevent this from happening to you? Two solutions I've come across:

    1 - Back up your files! For starters, go to World of Warcraft -> WTF -> Account -> (you account name) -> SavedVariables. Back up the files contained within. Norganna provides a very nice guide on how to do this here. You may use the automated folder backup tool as well to make sure you've got a recent backup handy at all times.
    2 - Try out CrashProofer. This add-on shares configuration settings with your guildies, and restore them if WoW is abruptly closed. I don't know if this prevents the type of data loss I've encountered, though.

    If anyone can come up with alternative solutions, I'm listening!
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    Don't you actually have the last backup file each time they change (the same name with .bak extension) ? When I get such problems, I just delete the file and rename the backup one.

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    Use DropBox!

    I use DropBox to backup all my saved variables, as well as to keep my home and work computer synced. If one of my files gets corrupted I can use DropBox to restore a good version.

    The trick to get it to work well is to use junctions to make a "folder shortcut" between your wow install and your dropbox folder:

    http://forums.dropbox.com/topic.php?id=450

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pliaksi View Post
    Don't you actually have the last backup file each time they change (the same name with .bak extension) ? When I get such problems, I just delete the file and rename the backup one.
    That's the problem. I don't have any backup files at all, in fact I had no idea data could be corrupted this way until last night.
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    I was under the impression that every LUA file had a BAK file as well. They should just "be there" in the same directory. The thing you have to watch out for is when they get replaced. So, if you find out your files are corrupted, I think you need to grab a copy of those files (or just grab the whole directory) and copy it off somewhere else. And... I would do it the moment you notice it, don't log out of WoW, don't do an auction scan, nothing. Back up that folder.

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    I start up WoW from a batch file that first copies my entire account dir to a temp folder. It adds no more than ten seconds to my load time. "better safe than sorry" is my take.
    Last edited by RavenC; March 18th, 2011 at 02:38 PM. Reason: cant type

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    I use windows live mesh to keep my add ons and WTF folder synced across 2 computers. It also keeps a copy of my folders on an online server.

    Unless my backup mechanism is automated I wont do it

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    Another idea... enable retention of "previous versions" for the said directory via it's properties (that's if you are running Windows, no idea for Macs). You could maybe set up to 5-6 restore points and it should keep you pretty safe.

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    Seeing a lot of great ideas!

    Quote Originally Posted by calianna View Post
    I was under the impression that every LUA file had a BAK file as well. They should just "be there" in the same directory. The thing you have to watch out for is when they get replaced. So, if you find out your files are corrupted, I think you need to grab a copy of those files (or just grab the whole directory) and copy it off somewhere else. And... I would do it the moment you notice it, don't log out of WoW, don't do an auction scan, nothing. Back up that folder.
    I only see 1 .bak file and it's over a month old, and has no content.
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    Also, take a look at SyncToy from MS, has other uses as well.

 

 

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