Adding and refreshing to folder trees



  • Hi. Sorry if this has already been addressed. Running test version 34. I have a folder that contains numerous sub-folders. Some files in some sub-folders get modified. The original backup zip was made of the entire folder tree. I want to update the original zip using add and refresh but I find that the newly modified files in sub-folders don’t get refreshed - their date time remains the same as when originally created. I guess my question is whether I’m missing a setting or whether PA can’t update files inside sub-folders? Thanks. John



  • Hmm.
    I can confirm this (Win2k).

    Attached are four text files:
    Directory listing (from DOS) when zip created
    Directory listing (from PA) of zip created
    Directory listing (from PA) of zip after files updated and freshen
    Directory listing (from DOS) after files updated

    Edit : I did check files in ZIP and they had NOT been updated, so not just a problem with time/date stamp.



  • By activating both “Archive Bit” settings in Zip options, the freshen does work!
    “Add only if Archive bit set”
    “Clear Archive bit”

    Is this necessary (should they be active by default if so)?


  • conexware

    Another great find. We will check it out.

    thank you!


  • conexware

    Hm,

    Works fine for me for the same testing directory using Freshen feature. Just created a PBS scripts selected E:\Testing\Freshen Test folder, and choosed “Freshen” feature. Just to make sure - by default both archive bit options are unchecked!

    So freshen worked fine and it created archive at first with all files. Then I updated two of those txt file and try again and it worked again - it updated ZIP archive with those two files.

    Just for info - Freshen is similar to “Add” with both archive bit options checked!

    Is there any special feature you checked?



  • Well, my first thought -

    I wasn’t using PBS
    Just main PA

    1. Create new Zip (default - no changes to archive flags)
    2. Close PA
    3. Modify txt files
    4. Open PA
    5. Open Zip
    6. Use Add Files / Freshen option.

    ivan - Freshen is similar to “Add” with both archive bit options checked!

    This was why I said

    Is this necessary (should they be active by default if so)?

    Referring to the archive flags in the PA / Add Files options when freshen is selected.


  • conexware

    Hm,

    Still works - can you please explain more detailed - all the options are checked/unchecked, and step by step.



  • Damn, cannot reproduce on Win 98.
    Will try on Win2k (hopefully tomorrow).



  • Tried again using both shell and main program screen. Definitely not updating or adding files to subfolders in a zipped main folder. Running Win2K and WinXP Pro. This is very unnerving - I can’t trust my backups in a release version of PA. Got to fix this very soon. I’ll try to help if I can. John


  • conexware

    @JohnS:

    Tried again using both shell and main program screen. Definitely not updating or adding files to subfolders in a zipped main folder. Running Win2K and WinXP Pro. This is very unnerving - I can’t trust my backups in a release version of PA. Got to fix this very soon. I’ll try to help if I can. John

    John,

    please explain in step by step how exactly you are adding the files/folders, so we can try to reproduce it in the same way.

    thank you,



  • @spwolf:

    John,

    please explain in step by step how exactly you are adding the files/folders, so we can try to reproduce it in the same way.

    thank you,

    OK Sure: here’s what I’m doing in both Win2K and XP Pro usinf PA version 34 Test.

    Main folder c:\docs with various subfolders c:\docs\folder1; c:docs\folder2, etc…I initially created a file called c:\docs_sync.zip by archiving the entire folder c:\docs and saving full folder info. So inside c:\docs_sync.zip is c:\docs\folder1 and so on with their various files. The initial archiving works fine. But then I modify a file in c:\docs\folder2 (say), and then perform an Update and Refresh by right-clicking c:\docs Compress to ZIP +Options and pointing to my already existing c:\docs_sync. The warning comes up that the file already exists and also invites me to update it. Click OK. My settings here are Normal Compression, Write Directly to ZIP, Save Full Folder Info, and Include System and Hidden Files, Encryption Disabled. Click Add and get the same warning again that the file already exists and “Update Existing File?” Click OK. PA starts and finishes with no error messages. Here’s what happened: one new file was added as a zero-byte file, other new files were not added at all, and existing files that were modified were not refreshed. This is absolutely repeatable on both my systems. Unless I’m doing something wrong, (and I don’t rule that out), I can’t use PA as it stands but I would be glad to help resolve this. Thanks. John



  • This is weird.
    I don’t know what happened but I cannot reproduce on Win2k now.

    Note: I also cannot reproduce using your procedure either 😕

    JohnS: My settings here are Normal Compression, Write Directly to ZIP, Save Full Folder Info, and Include System and Hidden Files, Encryption Disabled. Click Add and get the same warning again that the file already exists and “Update Existing File?”

    Before you click Add, is the <action>set to Add or Update ?
    (I’ve tried both).</action>


  • conexware

    I have tried both as well and it seems to work just fine. Maybe uninstall PA, restart your system and then install again? Maybe your old dll wasnt replaced or something, it works fine here.

    thanks,



  • @spwolf:

    I have tried both as well and it seems to work just fine. Maybe uninstall PA, restart your system and then install again? Maybe your old dll wasnt replaced or something, it works fine here.

    thanks,

    Hi: did a re-install as suggested. I can update and refresh from the main screen, but files aren’t being added/refreshed when I attempt the same operation using right-click Compres to ZIP+Options. John



  • Hi: I may have some new info. Still checking. Using test version 35. I now get update and refresh working OK if I deselect “Save full folder info.” I’ll do some more testing. Thanks. John


 

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