Export Backup file name has become too long to save

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10 Jun, 2023 02:09 PM

Overtime, my "Export Backup" file name has grown so long that it needs to be "reduced" each time I save to an external source. How can I automatically keep it reduced to a "savable" size?

  1. 1 Posted by Stuart Beesley ... on 10 Jun, 2023 02:47 PM

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    This indicates a likely problem about your main dataset name and how you are opening MD each time. This often means you are double clicking the last backup to open MD. In fact this will restore the last backup. Thus when the next backup takes place, you get more (and more) added to the name.

    Run toolbox, analyse dataset and objects button. Upload content here.

  2. 2 Posted by William Goodrid... on 11 Jun, 2023 03:20 AM

    William Goodridge's Avatar

    Thanks, I will give that a try.

  3. 3 Posted by William Goodrid... on 11 Jun, 2023 01:44 PM

    William Goodridge's Avatar

    Please see file attached

  4. 4 Posted by Stuart Beesley ... on 11 Jun, 2023 02:14 PM

    Stuart Beesley (Mr Toolbox)'s Avatar

    Yup. You’ve definitely restored and opened several backup files, on these dates:


    But clearly not every day. So is this accidental? Deliberate? How do you launch MD?

    Anyway, I suggest you use toolbox, update mode, general tools, rename dataset back to a simple name, and monitor the situation.

  5. 5 Posted by William Goodrid... on 14 Jun, 2023 04:40 PM

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    Hi Stuart: Thank you, that worked. I am not sure what I am doing wrong....I
    have the program on two computers and save to the main desktop daily, and
    save weekly to thumb drive and back up on laptop weekly just for good
    measure. Something in the transfer of files maybe (?) or.....regardless,
    that worked, thanks again. :stuck_out_tongue:

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