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Old 06-15-2011, 11:23 PM   #1
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Calibre has deleted my books

Just noticed that Calibre has deleted all my books A thru B. Anything prior to "calibre"(calibre is my news articles) has been deleted. Luckily for me I backup every night. However when I copy and paste the books back into calibre folder , Calibre on reopening does not show them.
This went haywire on Monday about the same time my news downloads refused to work.
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Old 06-15-2011, 11:38 PM   #2
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Just noticed that Calibre has deleted all my books A thru B. Anything prior to "calibre"(calibre is my news articles) has been deleted. Luckily for me I backup every night. However when I copy and paste the books back into calibre folder , Calibre on reopening does not show them.
This went haywire on Monday about the same time my news downloads refused to work.
Any Ideas
You can't put anything into a Calibre Library folder. (OK you can, but it just makes a mess of it).

Anything in a Calibre folder MUST be put there by Calibre. There is a lot of book-work (all those entries that you see in the GUI) that goes along with the books
Calibre does not delete books without user input. Usually it warns you.
A bulk delete takes some effort.
Since you said these were News. did you set up an expiry date (that has now passed)? News being the only type that has a auto-removal.

Or do you have a 'Delete on Send' configured?
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You should also check that the books are actually missing and not just not getting displayed. Check if there are any searches or view restriction active.
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Old 06-16-2011, 07:29 AM   #4
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Books were not deleted by me. What I said was all my books alphabetically listed before "calibre" were deleted and disappeared from my calibre folder also. I think it must have happened at the same time as Calibre refused to download my news. There must have been some kind of crash inside calibre although calibre still worked. It just would not download any of my news. On rebooting the news problem was fixed but I then noticed all my A and B books gone.
I am now assuming that the only way out of this mess is to use my backup and import that into calibre after cleaning out the calibre folder.

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Old 06-16-2011, 07:56 AM   #5
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You probably should run the Calibre Library Maintenance and fix any errors reported to make sure that the file system agrees with the database.
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Old 06-16-2011, 10:29 AM   #6
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Just restore the entire library folder including the metadata.db file and things will be restored to what they were.

The most common way to accidentally remove books from the library is by using the Send to device and delete from library function or the email book and delete from library option.

I once sent 36 books via email and noticed I selected the "and delete from library" option. I had to restore the 36 books and the metadata.db version that existed just prior to emailing any of the books to get my library back to pre-mistake shape.

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Old 06-16-2011, 10:45 AM   #7
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Calibre keeps no books 'Alphabetically'

Book title info is stored internally in the order added and Indexed for display (Alphabetical, in your case).

Since you 'restored' from backup, can we assume trhat you looked into the destination folder before doing the restore? What did you see.


Double check that you don't have a restriction in place.
the words 'All Books' will be showing.
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I can sort my books alphabetically by author
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Old 06-16-2011, 07:36 PM   #9
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I can sort my books alphabetically by author
Display order has nothing to do with internal order.

Answer the Question:
Is there a search/restriction filter in place?
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Old 06-17-2011, 12:10 AM   #10
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Old 06-17-2011, 11:53 AM   #11
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Thanks for confirming that filters were not hiding things.


I suspect that those books had a Periodicals Tag that matched a News download that was Flagged 'Delete over n days'. If my guess is correct, You did not have a 'crash', you had a massive cleanout old news in progress.


(I can't tell you what the disastrous tag value was. One of the Developers will have to speak up on that topic)
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Old 06-17-2011, 01:27 PM   #12
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The tag used to identify periodicals is 'News' (or whatever the translation of that into the local language is). Though I have to say I find it highly unlikely that all books with A and B are all tagged News and all happen to be older than 60 days at the same time.
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The tag used to identify periodicals is 'News' (or whatever the translation of that into the local language is). Though I have to say I find it highly unlikely that all books with A and B are all tagged News and all happen to be older than 60 days at the same time.
Who knows what users do trying to mash Calibre into their way of thinking (or just fumbling around, learning )
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Old 06-17-2011, 02:00 PM   #14
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If you accidentally held down shift while clicking on "Calibre" and tagged news - you'd end up with every book before it being tagged as news. If all those books were already older than 60 days, you'd end up with them all being deleted.

Sounds like it fits... just sayin'

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