2009 B4: PBS Keeps Creating Empty Folders



  • Not a major issue but annoying to a degree. With Beta 4 (and previous releases) PA keeps creating empty folders in my documents.

    Documents\Backups
    Documents\Backups\Scripts

    I store, save, open, edit and run all my scripts from another location (D:\Computer Resources\PA Scripts) and every time I perform any PBS action, PA re-creates those folders in Documents.

    On a related note starting with 2007, on Vista, PA insists on creating empty folders in: C:\ProgramData

    C:\ProgramData\ConeXware\PowerArchiver\Skins
    C:\ProgramData\ConeXware\PowerArchiver\Plugins

    I have PA installed in C:\Programs\PowerArchiver
    And the Skins and Plugin folders are present in the program directory. This is where all my skins and plugins reside. Yet like PBS, the empty folders keep getting recreated. If I install a plugin or skin, the subfolders of the application are used. Not the empty ones that keep getting created in C:\ProgramData


  • conexware

    not fixed, wrong info… not sure what we can do about it, yet.



  • this is standard in most software of this type it creates standard folders for your backup scripts. have you ever noted that when you install windows you also get empty folders thats for the same reason. what you can do is manually delete these folders. You can not expect powerachiver to not do the same. it can not creat then uncreate folders for the different functions it needs to store baised on user choice. that is a wish not a bug



  • If I delete the folders and open, save, edit and run my scripts from another location PA should not recreate the folders on every launch.

    Im not asking PA to store or remember my preference. Simply stop re-creating the folders that I have to keep deleting.

    When you create a script your prompted to specify a location to save it. So why then would PA need to re-create the folders on each run? If PA didnt prompt to specify a location to save the scipts then I would agree with you because where else are they going to go? But thats not the case.

    It should follow the creation of archives, sfx etc. Via preferences. Either use the ‘specifed default folder’ or use the last open/save. Scipts seem to be the only thing that dosent adhere to this and further, creates folders on every app launch?

    Maybe a clue where the problem is…
    Just as a test I renamed the following reg key.
    [HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders]Personal to Personal1

    Deleted the ‘Backups\Scripts’ folders and ran PA. I created a new script and the save path defaulted to the desktop and no folders were created. With everything said, I still think its is a bug.


  • conexware

    @MarcFou:

    If I delete the folders and open, save, edit and run my scripts from another location PA should not recreate the folders on every launch.

    Im not asking PA to store or remember my preference. Simply stop re-creating the folders that I have to keep deleting.

    When you create a script your prompted to specify a location to save it. So why then would PA need to re-create the folders on each run? If PA didnt prompt to specify a location to save the scipts then I would agree with you because where else are they going to go? But thats not the case.

    It should follow the creation of archives, sfx etc. Via preferences. Either use the ‘specifed default folder’ or use the last open/save. Scipts seem to be the only thing that dosent adhere to this and further, creates folders on every app launch?

    Maybe a clue where the problem is…
    Just as a test I renamed the following reg key.
    [HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders]Personal to Personal1

    Deleted the ‘Backups\Scripts’ folders and ran PA. I created a new script and the save path defaulted to the desktop and no folders were created. With everything said, I still think its is a bug.

    it is not that simple - yes you are prompted to save the file, but if there isnt an reccomended folder to save to, you wont be able to save there :-).



  • @spwolf:

    it is not that simple - yes you are prompted to save the file, but if there isnt an reccomended folder to save to, you wont be able to save there :-).

    But why is it necessary to keep creating these folders?

    I follow what you mean by a reccomended folder. In that case why cant the reccomended folder simply be documents? Or the last open/saved folder as per preferences? If I create a new archive, sfx etc. PA uses a reccomended folder - but it dosent create new folders.


  • conexware

    @MarcFou:

    But why is it necessary to keep creating these folders?

    I follow what you mean by a reccomended folder. In that case why cant the reccomended folder simply be documents? Or the last open/saved folder as per preferences? If I create a new archive, sfx etc. PA uses a reccomended folder - but it dosent create new folders.

    for backups, reccomended folders are different, so it is easier for people to find and manage their backups.



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  • It took me a while to track down what program kept creating these folders, but I finally discovered it was Powerarchiver. I really do not like this behavior; I don’t even use this program for backups or whatever these scripts are. I just use it to create and extract archives.

    I really hate it when programs clutter up my Documents folder. I’m using the latest version, 11.03 but I can’t any way to disable this. I’m just going to go back to using an older version until this is stopped. Please at least give us an option to turn off this feature. 😞


  • conexware

    so 11.03 is still creating them even if you are not using backup? well that should not happen.



  • Well it’s not doing it now. I just upgraded to 11.03 so maybe it was created by 11.02 right beforehand and I hadn’t noticed. It seems to be taken care of now though. Thanks for fixing that; it’s hard to keep the clutter out of My Documents anyway so every little bit helps. 🙂


  • conexware

    we were not aware of it creating folders when not using backup, but we did fix something that might be related in 11.03… let us know if few days if they still not appear…



  • The folders just showed up again when I launched it. I had launched it over and over when I made my last post and it didn’t create the folders, but a few hours have passed and it made them on the first launch this time. It seems to be creating them on a schedule. I deleted the folders and launched it again and this time it didn’t make them, but I suspect if I wait a while again it eventually will.

    I don’t know if it matters that I upgraded from 11.02 instead of doing a fresh install of 11.03 but it might be worth mentioning. I’m also running Windows XP SP3.


  • conexware

    so folders are still being created? and you have no pbs backup running ever?

    It would be much easier if you could just post new post instead of editing old one, since thread does not get an bump when you edit so we didnt know that you replied…

    We will check this out for next release!



  • Since updating to version 11.03.04 the folders have not appeared anymore. 🙂


  • conexware

    good, we tested it a bit and could not get it to appear… thanks!


 

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