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Old Today, 01:40 PM   #1
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Q: Removing file format that isn't there.

My library is a mess. It's slowly built over a decade plus, and I've been really lax in keeping track of things.

I finally started to organize things with Calibre, and it's taking a lot of manual labor (though I'm finally starting to use plugins, too.)

One issue: old books that I haven't read in a LONG time where archived in a variety of formats, such as RAR. This was done back in the day when disk space was a premium; since it's cheap now, I'm expanding them into more native formats.

But: I sorted my library by format. When I go to a rar file, open the enclosing folder, expand it, then add those files to that same listing, the rar file is still shown in the "Formats" column even though it doesn't appear in the Edit Metadata window.

That is, the Formats column used to show
RAR
and now it shows (e.g.,)
EPUB, MOBI, RAR

How do I get rid of that nonexistent format, short of deleting the listing and re-entering it from scratch?
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Formats is a USER (custom) column.
You need to revisit what you did to make it. (or throw the column away)

Personally, I just look at Formats: in the details pane (or in the metadata editor)

RAR is a valid format for a multi-HTML file book, so you could really have all 3 formats

formats:rar is the search for those that (should) exist
If you have been messing below the skirts, rum Library MAINTENANCE and get the DB back int shape (and quit messn' around )
Select books: Right click: Remove Books: Remove a selected format
Use with care... There is no easy undo
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The original (RAR) was trashed.

I just used one of the existing templates (Quick Create):
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The original (RAR) was trashed.

I just used one of the existing templates (Quick Create):
That (method) says the File EXISTS (or you broke the DB by messn')

The file type is logged when you Add and removed when you Delete.
If you bypass Calibre, the log is not updated
Run Maintenance and get things back in order
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