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Software News : AmiSystemRestore r1 beta2 released
Posted by ChrisH on 2012/9/4 17:18:12 (1900 reads) News by the same author
Software News

This is the second public beta of AmiSystemRestore:

* I am now more confident about the reliability of AmiSystemRestore, as I have finally understood (and fixed!) a wierd problem that I had previously just worked-around.
* Fixed multi-language installers not starting.
* No-longer sometimes has a tiny window in the top-left of the screen.
* The name of a restore point is no-longer of limited length.
* Now has some nice icons, and uses a proper icon when iconified.
* It is now more clearly indicated when there is a debug log that needs reporting to me.
* and more!

Downloading it:
This is a public beta of AmiSystemRestore. Although I and a small number of testers have not noticed any stability problems in over 6 months of use, there is still a small possibility of crashes or lock-ups with untested programs or situations, due to the complexity of the OS patching done by AmiSystemRestore. Please report all problems to me.

You can download it from OS4Depot.net.

Details of the changes:
* NEW: When iconified it now uses it's own icon (rather than MUI's default icon).
* NEW: The length of a restore point name is now unlimited (previously it was limited to about 50 characters).
* NEW: Now has some proper icons thanks to Frank 'cha05e90' Ruthe (which were based upon icons by Martin 'mason' Merz).
Installer & AmigaGuide icons by Martin 'mason' Merz (which TommySammy sent to me).
* NEW: Now uses a requester instead of Ringhio to report at start-up that the debug log is not empty.
* NEW: The documentation now mentions AmiUpdate's RollBack feature.
* CHG: Finally understood the recursive Write() problem, and prevented it from happening in the first place (rather than just working-around the problem after it happened). I am now much happier about AmiSystemRestore's likely reliability.
* CHG: When the user creates a restore point, it now rejects an empty name.
* BUG: Fixed installation failing for multi-language installers with a shared script. Thanks to Unimon for the bug report.
* BUG: Fixed window being tiny & in the top-left corner of the screen, if the program was started iconified & a restore point was created before the window was ever opened.
* BUG: Simultaneous attempts to modify Sys: would often cause the state file to be regenerated, which was entirely unnecessary.
* BUG: Fixed new name of restore point not being shown, when the name was merely truncated & the restore point sizes were being shown.

What is AmiSystemRestore?
AmiSystemRestore aims to give AmigaOS4 a similar ability to Window's very useful System Restore. What it does is create Restore Points, which act as snapshots of your SYS: partition (where the OS is stored). If anything changes on your SYS: partition, then you can roll it back to the time of the snapshot.

Why would you want to undo changes to your SYS: partition? Well, if you install a new program (or update an existing one), you have no idea if any new libraries (or other changes) will have problems that may break existing programs. A badly written installer might even replace libraries (etc) with older versions!

AmiSystemRestore allows you to undo all recent changes (whether or not they were done by the installer), and return SYS: to an earlier point in time. Knowledgable users can be more selective about which changes are undone, with the warning that they need to know what they are doing!

If you are installing something using AmiUpdate or the official Installer system, then AmiSystemRestore will automatically create Restore Points for you (and Ringhio messages should notify you of this).

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Published: 2012/9/5 2:24  Updated: 2012/9/5 2:24
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 Re: AmiSystemRestore r1 beta2 released
Hi there! has anyone been able to successfully install this app? It crashes when being installed here on my Pegasos 2 OS 4.1 update 5...


Published: 2012/9/5 8:27  Updated: 2012/9/5 8:27
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From: England
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 Re: AmiSystemRestore r1 beta2 released
Saying "it crashes" does nothing to help me fix the problem. PLEASE SEND ME A CRASH LOG! And also a description of what point it crashes.

When you get the Grim Reaper, click on the More button, then on the Write Crash Log button. This will write the crash log to RAM. You then need to copy that to your hard disk, and then attach it to the email you send me.
Published: 2012/9/5 8:28  Updated: 2012/9/5 9:27
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 Re: AmiSystemRestore r1 beta2 released
I've discovered that a silly bug slipped through. When you choose to Restore, it will show a lot of bogus (but harmless) folders. This makes Restoring difficult to use, but shouldn't stop it from working. I will look at fixing this ASAP.
Published: 2012/9/5 17:09  Updated: 2012/9/5 17:11
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 Re: AmiSystemRestore r1 beta2 released
Hello ChrisH,

You're absolutely right... and I've found what's the problem.

Since the wbstartup directory functionality is still present in OS4.1 I decided to go the old fashion way and not to use the startup prefs, instead I created the wbstartup dir again and put anything that needs to be automatically started at wb boot in there.. so when your installer is trying to add amisystemrestore to the startup prefs it crashes as it's not being used when the wbstartup dir is present...I'll send you a crash log anyway as soon as I get home.


Published: 2012/9/7 8:06  Updated: 2012/9/7 8:06
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 Re: AmiSystemRestore r1 beta2 released
I'm still hoping for that crash log! I'd like to reproduce this problem myself, since it might prevent installation on OS4.0 . Exactly what how did you 'disable' the new WbStartup system? Or is it just the presence of the old WbStartup folder that causes it to crash?
Published: 2012/9/8 20:34  Updated: 2012/9/8 20:34
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 Re: AmiSystemRestore r1 beta2 released
Information sent mate :)

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