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Old 09-09-2018, 02:58 PM   #16
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Hello:

I wanted to thank everyone for the valuable help you all provided to me in my "hour" (actually much more) of need. I think I have everything working now, but in the last day or two, I have generated another question.

I recently installed version 3.31 (Portable) of Calibre and when I added books, much of what I had working stopped! When I checked, Count Pages had disappeared, and some of my tweaks had likewise changed. Is this normal behaviour or did I do something wrong during installation?

Again, many thanks for the help!

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Portable? Was the original also Portable?
Portable has its own preferences (not shared like with 32bit and 64bit) location.
Question 2: did you install it into the same base folder location (if not root of a SD/pen drive)
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Old 09-11-2018, 06:50 AM   #17
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Hello, Ducks:

First, I haven't been using a USB flash drive, I have a 32GB SDHC card that was going to waste and a slot for an SD*C card on the tablet, so I decided that I would put the database on there. That way I could move it between machines and not have multiple versions around.

Second, and yes, I've been using the portable version for quite a while now - while I was using the 64-bit version, when I switched machines I always found that the format of the display was different, and my old mind couldn't remember the format from the other machine so... I decided to use the portable version, put it on the SDHC card with my libraries, and it would always be exactly the same, regardless of the machine I was using! But, enough of my philosophy.

As to where I installed the program. At first, when I was using a USB flash drive and before I was using the SDHC card, I had some trouble in knowing exactly where to install updates. However, eventually (going back to my ancient mind) I wrote it down where I save the install files exactly where to install it. So, in this case my structure looks like this: (I tell it to install to the root of the B: drive)


B:\Calibre Library\Calibre Portable\Calibre
B:\Calibre Library\Calibre Portable\Libraries, etc.


Since I have been installing to B:\ I have found that everything installs OK. Is there something I need to do before I install an update to the portable version? Or, possibly something else?

Thanks for the help.

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Looks like you are installing on the root of the drive (SD card) which is fine as long as you don't put a bunch of other stuff at that level (the root level has limits)

Just tell the Update (really a full install) the exact same place. It will detect the Libraries and settings and NOT stomp them.

as always, have a (Library folder) backup. SD cards go south without appointments
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Question Shoulod I Be Losing PlugIns?

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Yes, I'm doing everything I should be doing. But why do I lose settings and plugins?

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Old 09-11-2018, 07:17 PM   #20
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Yes, I'm doing everything I should be doing. But why do I lose settings and plugins?

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Just tell the Update (really a full install) the exact same place. It will detect the Libraries and settings and NOT stomp them.
That's matches my experience with Portable, I have Portable installs that I've updated dozens, maybe hundreds, of times without losing anything. But I never install Calibre Portable in the root directory.

After formatting a storage device of any kind I create a 'standard' set of directories - !Data, !Miscellaneous, !Programs, !Sandpit and !Temporary.

If it's to be permanent, I'd install Calibre Portable in the '!Programs' directory; if it's to fill a short term need, I'd install it in the '!Sandpit' directory .

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Yes, I'm doing everything I should be doing. But why do I lose settings and plugins?

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Just to be clear.
DO NOT erase / format / delete anything previous
You just RUN the downloaded file, and point
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Okay, so how *do* you fix author sort?

If I check under "manage authors," it shows the correct author sort data. But if I order books by authors, it doesn't follow that author sort data. If I select all books, and embed metadata, that still doesn't fix the metadata.

P.S. Okay. I can select all affected books, edit medata, check "automatically set author sort."

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Okay, so how *do* you fix author sort?


P.S. Okay. I can select all affected books, edit medata, check "automatically set author sort."
That is a correct way to updat the sort.
The Quality check plugin, is a GREAT way to check various sorts for issues.
(It is great for a lot of other stuff, too!)
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