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Old 01-29-2011, 02:49 PM   #1
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When I do a 'Check Library' what is meant by

invalid titles
extra titles
invalid authors
extra authors
Missing book formats and
extra book formats?
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Old 01-29-2011, 04:57 PM   #2
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When I do a 'Check Library' what is meant by

invalid titles
extra titles
invalid authors
extra authors
Missing book formats and
extra book formats?
Were there any entries with those?
If that is all you saw
Those are the possible errors. If there had been one, it would show under the appropriate section, waiting for you to figure 'what to do about it' (Just delete is not always what you want to do without taking other actions first. Say you incorrectly placed your only copy of a title into a Calibre controlled folder *bad bad*, you really want to just MOVE it out somewhere else and the Add it in the proper way ).
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Were there any entries with those?
If that is all you saw
Those are the possible errors. If there had been one, it would show under the appropriate section, waiting for you to figure 'what to do about it' (Just delete is not always what you want to do without taking other actions first. Say you incorrectly placed your only copy of a title into a Calibre controlled folder *bad bad*, you really want to just MOVE it out somewhere else and the Add it in the proper way ).
No...

I want to know what sort of errors these are. What would cause a book to be under one of these umbrellas.
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Old 01-29-2011, 06:20 PM   #4
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When I do a 'Check Library' what is meant by

invalid titles
Title is in database. but there is no corresponding folder
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extra titles
There is a book folder with no corresponding database entry.
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invalid authors
Author is in database. but there is no corresponding folder
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extra authors
There is an author folder with no corresponding database entry.
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Missing book formats
Book format is listed in database. but there is no corresponding file
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extra book formats?
There is an book format file with no corresponding database entry.
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Old 01-29-2011, 06:31 PM   #5
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No...

I want to know what sort of errors these are. What would cause a book to be under one of these umbrellas.
Besides things that go bump in the dark?

I outlined one (many possible repercussions): Messing (changing names-even a tiny bit) around with anything in the Library folder outside of the Calibre program.

Dual boot access (Linux and Windows do file names just different enough to farkle things good).

I managed to import a Zip file that had a book in 2 formats, a JPEG (cover). Calibre accepted them, then the check pointed out that they did not digest properly)

Kerrashes at the wrong time.

Bugs

DB repair tools are normal , nothing is perfect. That's why there are repair persons (programs)
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Old 06-27-2011, 02:51 PM   #6
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I copied a calibre library to a another, using the calibre copy & delete command, they are now all listed as 'Extra titles & Extra authors'.theducks (above) mentioned repair programs. is the some way of adding these titles to the database other than the laborious finding them in the Calibre folder, adding each one and merging it with the calibre entry?
I am an elderly newby with no programming skills.
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Old 06-27-2011, 03:06 PM   #7
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I copied a calibre library to a another, using the calibre copy & delete command, they are now all listed as 'Extra titles & Extra authors'.theducks (above) mentioned repair programs. is the some way of adding these titles to the database other than the laborious finding them in the Calibre folder, adding each one and merging it with the calibre entry?
I am an elderly newby with no programming skills.
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The arrow at the right of the Library Icon: Rebuild
(obviously, something went Bump in the dark if you used Calibre LIBRARY copy from 1 to another.)
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Old 06-27-2011, 04:54 PM   #8
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The arrow at the right of the Library Icon: Rebuild
If it was me, I'd make a backup of my entire library before hitting that button.
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Old 06-30-2011, 11:23 AM   #9
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Thank you for your replies, I am using v0.8.7, and cannot see an arrow to the right of the library icon, it is not mentioned in Help, and I have looked in preferences with no joy.The library icon offers some actions, but rebuild is not one of them.
I used the copy and delete command from the right-click menu options.
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The library icon offers some actions, but rebuild is not one of them.
Library rebuilding is done with "Library Maintenance|Restore Database"which can be accessed by clicking the library icon.
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Thank you for your replies, I am using v0.8.7, and cannot see an arrow to the right of the library icon, it is not mentioned in Help, and I have looked in preferences with no joy.The library icon offers some actions, but rebuild is not one of them.
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"Restore = Rebuild what?

There's a candidate for renaming


Restore to me, means to restore a file, folder, database etc from a different location, usually a backup.

Rebuild is totally different.
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"Restore = Rebuild what?
It is used to recover from a corrupt metadata.db file. It looks through the library directories and rebuilds the library/metadata.db file based on the opf entries in each directory that it finds.
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Indeed, so it should be called Rebuild....

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Indeed, so it should be called Rebuild....

If it was called "rebuild" someone else would say it didn't pick up the metadata from the books (which was how the database was originally "built"), it picked up metadata from the .opf file (which was created from the original database, not from the books) so it should be called "restore" not "rebuild."

The multiple metadata.opf files (one for each book record) are just a backup in distributed form of the single metadata.db file which has all those book records together in a single file.

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