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Old 05-08-2010, 06:55 PM   #1
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I was working on cleaning up a file I converted from pdf (and doing some things in the background) when my machine got hit by a nasty virus. The virus wasn't related to Sigil, but it did lock up the program. Now after several hours of work, I'm finally virus free and but file I was working on is completely missing.

I was saving the file frequently so I expected to have some version of it...but no. So does Sigil have a temporary file location or something I might look for? I'm not hopeful, but let me know if you have any ideas.

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Old 05-08-2010, 08:29 PM   #2
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Look into your user HOME folder. There should be a Sigil folder in there, and a scratchpad folder inside it. This is where Sigil stores its temp data. It will probably be filled with all sorts of junk, but hey... there could be the last state of your book in one of the subfolders.
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Look into your user HOME folder. There should be a Sigil folder in there, and a scratchpad folder inside it. This is where Sigil stores its temp data. It will probably be filled with all sorts of junk, but hey... there could be the last state of your book in one of the subfolders.
Might I propose a "Recovery mode" question, ala Open office style., when starting Sigil finds remnants in the scratch area (an indication of a less than orderly program end)?
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Thanks! This was helpful - i was able to find the text sections I edited originally and paste them back into a new copy of the book. Thanks for saving a couple of hours or work!
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Might I propose a "Recovery mode" question, ala Open office style., when starting Sigil finds remnants in the scratch area (an indication of a less than orderly program end)?
The problem is that if you have several instances of Sigil running (perfectly valid use case), then there are multiple working directories in the scratchpad. This means that you can't tell if some of the directories are there because they're crash remnants or because they're being worked on in a different instance.

There are ways around that, but it's not currently high on my TODO list.
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The problem is that if you have several instances of Sigil running (perfectly valid use case), then there are multiple working directories in the scratchpad. This means that you can't tell if some of the directories are there because they're crash remnants or because they're being worked on in a different instance.

There are ways around that, but it's not currently high on my TODO list.
Thanks for the explanation, and for considering the possibility.
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