Bug in PowerArchiver & Annoyance in PowerArchiver



  • Just found a bug in PowerArchiver 2007 v10.01.03.
    These are the steps to reproduce the bug:
    Open the program, and then press and release the “alt” key on the keyboard. Press “m” for menu. Now press “i” for “Find Archives”. Now try and click the “Cancel” button on the “Find Archives” dialog box. The first time it is clicked it won’t do anything, and the second time it is clicked it will produce an error. This is when running under Windows XP Pro SP1 with a clean install of the PA2007 trial. I have tested this in VMWare on a clean XP Pro SP1 install and it does give the error. The error message varies. I have gotten “Access violation at address 0049E5CD in module ‘POWERARC.EXE’. Read of address 000000E4.” & also the same message but with both sets of numbers being all 0’s. Once or twice I also got “Priviledged instruction” or something like that (can’t quite remember, and only get it rarely). Also tried this in VMWare on XP Pro SP2 and it will throw the error under that setup too.

    My second issue is not a bug per say, but is a way a certain feature works, that I dislike. When right clicking on a folder, and telling PowerArchiver to compress it, if you are not using “Save full folder info” then the files are added to the archive okay, but the folder name is discarded. Meaning that if you do an “extract here” on the file you just created, it will dump out all the files into the current directory instead of recreating the folder that they were in when you did the compression. Previous versions of PA did not do it like that. Now, if I want to right click and compress a folder, but still have it decompress to a folder, I have to make a temp ‘placeholder’ folder to drop the other folder into, and then right click on the ‘placeholder’ folder and choose to zip it up. I don’t know if this was an intentional change in functionality or not, but I find it aggravating.



  • @DoNotBug:

    … Open the program, and then press and release the “alt” key on the keyboard. Press “m” for menu. Now press “i” for “Find Archives”. Now try and click the “Cancel” button on the “Find Archives” dialog box. The first time it is clicked it won’t do anything, and the second time it is clicked it will produce an error.

    Confirmed (in Win 98SE) - Modern View - Don’t need to actually start the find function, just trying to cancel the dialog produces the error.

    @DoNotBug:

    … When right clicking on a folder, and telling PowerArchiver to compress it, if you are not using “Save full folder info” then the files are added to the archive okay, but the folder name is discarded.

    PA has always worked this way (in default). To change it to how you want, you need to activate the option “Miscellaneous / Use normal relative path”.



  • Thanks for testing the bug, and thanks for the clarification about the compressing a folder issue. I wasn’t aware of what the ‘normal relative path’ function was for, and I guess it must have been set in my older version and I didn’t notice it getting dropped when I did the upgrade. Now that is solved, so its just a matter of finding out from the developers as to what is going to be done about the bug. I am curious as to what causes it, as it seems that the different error messages thing is a bit weird. I mean, if there was a specific error in the code, you would presume that it would always produce the same error message.


  • conexware

    you report - we fix… thats what will happen with it :-).



  • Just found out that using the ‘alt’ key method of bringing up the menu seems to be what triggers it, as pressing the ‘f’ for “favorite folders” triggers the same issue where closing the resulting window causes an error. So you can launch either the ‘find archives’ option or the ‘favorite folders’ option using keyboard commands only, and it will give the error when you try and close the resulting window.


  • conexware

    Thanks!

    The issue should be fixed in 10.1.


  • conexware

    Please check prerelease version 10.1 B1:
    http://www.powerarchiver.com/test/alpha100/powarc1010b1.exe

    And let us know if this fixes your issue.

    thank you!



  • The Alt menu crash is fixed for me (PA 10.10.08).


 

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