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  2. Howdy, folks, it's great to see that there is still a substantial user base for TMG. I have long used TMG 9.05 on both a desktop computer and a laptop, using the backup/restore method to move a project from one machine to the other and then back again. If possible, I would like to leave the data project on my desktop computer but access and edit it sometimes from my laptop, eliminating the hassle. The desktop runs Windows 10 and the laptop runs Windows 8. Please note that I can edit a local project with either machine; the problem I am having is only in trying to edit a project across the network. I've verified that all the files in the project directory are not labelled Read-only. I'm not using any third-party virus or firewall protection. From my laptop, I opened the project by using File --> Open Project and navigating to the project file located on my desktop via the network. So far so good, it opens and I can navigate, etc. But I discovered after a bit of experimentation that none of my edits were being saved. I can edit a tag, for example, changing a date and adding a citation, but after saving and closing the tag, when I open it up again, the changes are not there. The Last Edited Date does not change. Ditto creating a new person. It's as if I'm in Read-Only mode, only there are no grayed-out functions and no warnings or error messages. Do I need to change the data paths text configuration file, or some other configuration, such as in Preferences --> Current Project Options --> Advanced where all the paths still point to C:\ ? As an experiment I tried removing the local copy of the project, and although I got a startup message that my exhibits folder didn't exist (a subdirectory of the specific project directory), nothing else changed as far as I can tell. Do I need to adjust something with sharing or Windows Firewall/Defender/whatever they're calling it these days? As an aside, I think I have just inadvertently discovered one of the risks of accessing a project over a network. While writing this message using my desktop computer, I closed the laptop (right here beside me) to put it to sleep while I was working here (to save battery life). When I opened it up again to verify something, I tried to close the project, but got this error message: Error reading file \\path\projectname_n.dbf 8 APPOBJECT.MSAVEINI Aborting and retrying didn't fix it, but when I ignored it I could close the project. (Since it won't save any changes there's little likelihood that anything was actually corrupted, but I'll Validate File Integrity here on my desktop just to be sure.) So it looks like there's a risk of data corruption if the network connections are interrupted, such as by the laptop going to sleep, or perhaps the wireless connection being disrupted, or something like that. (I also understand that I'll have to be careful not to accidentally open the project at the same time from both machines.)
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  4. To find individuals with a memo containing a certain word or sequence of words I am using a List of Events with the following filter: Memo contains [?] AND Principal 1... Surname =Equals [?] END The filter generates a report showing all individuals of a certain surname that have have the word or sequence of words in any memo.
  5. Can I search for text in memo field?

    Sure you can, Anita, To find all events which contain the search text, use a filtered List of Events report. For example, if you were looking for the text GWORP, one of your filter conditions would be: Memo // Contains // GWORP You can also further restrict the report with other filter conditions. Use appropriate output columns to specify the Principals of each event and appropriate columns to identify each specific event. Alternatively to simply find people who have any event with this search text, use a filtered Project Explorer. A filter condition could be: Any Event... // Memo // Contains // GWORP That will find people with such an event, but will not tell you which of their events has this memo text. Hope this gives you ideas,
  6. Sometimes I run across a name or a place name in my research that I am SURE I have placed in a project somewhere, probably in the memo field, if the person doesn't connect to any of my individuals immediately. Then, is it possible to search the entire project for that elusive name, a person who has not been added as a new individual?? Thanks in advance for any help. Anita Tally
  7. gedcom export error

    Thanks Jim! I have just completed one more successful export. That makes 3 gedcom exports now, with no failures, with the IDrive service stopped. John
  8. gedcom export error

    John, Nice detective work. Jim
  9. gedcom export error

    A follow-up on my gedcom export problem. After spending hours with Process Monitor, following the action in the TMG Temp folder where the export process (mostly ?) takes place, setting various filters to make the monitoring manageable, I have found that my IDrive backup program's service (id_service.exe) was tracking all the activity in that folder. A reminder: the Temp folder is located (for me) here: C:\Users\Owner\AppData\Local\Temp\TMG***** I have IDrive set to *exclude* the entire C:\Users\Owner\AppData\Local\Temp folder. Despite this, its backup engine id_service was monitoring activity in the TMG Temp folder and resulting in Sharing Violations with TMG. By stopping the ID service I have now done two successful Gedcom exports in a row. I will try more later today and hope for the best. I will contact IDrive about this, but I suspect I will be looking for another program at some point. The workaround of temporarily stopping the service is not a huge issue, but I shouldn't have to do it, although it's certainly a great deal simpler than the previous best workaround, running TMG under Wine on a Linux box. John Cordes
  10. gedcom export error

    Thanks for looking into this, Jim. I will continue to try searching for anything which might be monitoring any of the relevant directories in any way, but at the moment I'm out of ideas, unfortunately.
  11. gedcom export error

    If you have no program running that is affecting files (security, syncing, real-time backup), I have no idea what is blocking the GEDCOM export. I'm currently running Win10 (17763.379) with Windows Defender and have never had a problem exporting a GEDCOM (in the past or now).
  12. gedcom export error

    Jim - Yes, I disabled BitDefender in its Settings screen and tried exporting a gedcom file. Quickly got the same error appearing.
  13. gedcom export error

    You have tried disabling the BitDefender real-time scanning temporarily and then trying the export?
  14. Another solution would be to use a custom History group tag so that all individuals linked to the tag are witnesses. The sentence could then be: [W] <[D]> <[L]><Others included are: [WO]><[M]> Everyone would have an appropriate sentence without getting involved with the {P] issue.
  15. I am trying to get a sentence to include multiple people in a picture so that I only have to enter the information once, and on one person and not have to do the "Memo" description I have created a new tag "Image" with a Role of "InPic" The sentence structure is this: This picture is [P1], [P2], <and [W]> <[D]> <[L]> <[M]> The output is this: This picture is Edward William Pierce Jr, Jean Love Pierce, Jennifer Diane Pierce in Feb 2004 in Jennifers House, Lake Sammamish, Washington This picture was taken at Jennifers house.L-R: Les, Jen, Susan, Steve, Debbie, Front: Edward (Ted) and Jean (Love) Pierce. My question is how to get the sentence to include ALL witnesses in the output like this for any of their "Person" view.: This picture is Edward William Pierce Jr, Jean Love Pierce, and Jennifer Diane Pierce, Deborah Lynn Pierce, Suzan Elaine Pierce and Stephan Michael Pierce in Feb 2004 in Jennifers House, Lake Sammamish, Washington This picture was taken at Jennifers house. This seems to be the best I an come up with... [P1] <and [P2]> <[D]> <[L]><Others included are: [WO]><[M]> Edward William Pierce Jr and Jean Love Pierce in 02/ /2004 in Jennifers House, Lake Sammamish, Washington Others included are: Jennifer Diane Pierce, Deborah Lynn Pierce, Suzan Elaine Pierce and Stephan Michael Pierce.
  16. gedcom export error

    Reporting what is basically the same problem, but the standard solutions don't appear to be working. I made a similar post yesterday on the TMG mailing list, and I have been encouraged to post here also. TMG 9.05 Gold; Windows 10 Pro 64-bit (I regularly run Optimize-VFI-Optimize-Backup; VFI has not reported any errors for a long time.) I often want to export a gedcom file from my database of close to 26,000 individuals (no internal exhibits); at least one reason is to use the gedcom file with GENViewer v2 which, unlike v1, doesn't read the TMG database directly. I have had no problem with this for several years, but following the last major Windows 10 update to v1809, which happened for me about four weeks ago, problems began. The issue is that some sort of file locking conflicts apparently take place in the temp directory used by TMG during the generation of the gedcom file. Here's an example of that directory location on my system: C:\Users\Owner\AppData\Local\Temp\TMG71892382 The Temp directory is deleted if TMG exits normally, so is usually not seen. For me, if I click on the Retry button, as shown in the image in the previous post in this thread, (and repeat if the error comes up again) TMG will eventually finish, generating a gedcom file (which is not a valid one -- too small and also not ending with "0 TRLR") and also deleting the temp directory it used. If either the Abort or Ignore buttons is clicked TMG essentially hangs and requires Task Manager or equivalent to kill the process. I say 'essentially' because the program is not totally locked up. I think the only menu option which isn't greyed out is the 'Center the current window' item. That much does work, but then nothing else can be done. I realize that the standard solution here is to say that I have either (a) some antivirus program interfering, and/or (b) a cloud backup program which is monitoring some TMG (or other relevant) directory. I have tried hard to make sure that neither of those explanations is at work here. Of course I cannot guarantee that, but I have ensured that BitDefender has exceptions for both the TMG program, and is also excluding all TMG directories, both the program directory and also the directories where my TMG data resides. I do have cloud backup programs (named below) but they are also marked to not be looking at any of the TMG directories. I have also tried an export with BitDefender totally disabled and the same error crops up. A few other observations: There have been a very small number of occasions where the export *did* work. It's just enough to make me keep trying occasionally. Sometimes the Export job can get tantalizingly close to finishing before the error crops up. I think on one occasion it completed all the Individuals and was into Families before it stopped. Possibly a database which could finish in, say, 8 to10 minutes or less would have a larger fraction of successful runs than I am seeing. I am not using OneDrive. My TMG data (and the location of the exported gedcom file) is in C:\TMG and that entire directory is excluded from BitDefender and from both my cloud backup programs, Backblaze and IDrive. I do run manually some other backup programs, on specifically chosen directories. To the best of my knowledge nothing else of any significance has changed around the time of that Windows update. I have found only three solutions, or work-arounds, for this issue: 1. transfer the TMG backup to an ancient (2005!) XP laptop. The export takes 2+ hours -- I would have to be very desperate to use this. 2. booting in Safe Mode allows TMG to complete the export. Unpleasant (to have to reboot the machine at least twice), but it works. 3. run TMG under Wine on a Linux box. I can copy my TMG files from the Windows machine using rsync and ssh (under cygwin) to the Linux machine. Wine runs TMG fine, provided the version of Wine is recent enough, and the gedcom export is actually a bit faster than on my Windows computer (about 13 minutes in Linux compared to around 15 - 17 minutes on Windows). I then just have to copy the exported gedcom back to Windows and it's done. Solution 3 is quite workable for me (better than #2), though of course annoying to have to do it. My son Peter and I did some monitoring of what was going on in that Windows Temp directory during the gedcom export. He is more up on that sort of thing than I am, but it seems that there was an enormous amount of file opening and closing going on, repeatedly, with a small number of files. It's no wonder that TMG is so slow to do a gedcom export. Peter monitored the underlying processes while Wine was doing the gedcom export on the computer running Linux. He noted that under Linux the system calls which were causing all those file open / close operations were mostly by-passed (at least not repeatedly opening and closing physical disk files). I am posting this mainly to see if anyone else has encountered an issue like this following that last major Windows update (to v1809) -- or even better, have another suggestion I could try to solve the problem. It was strongly suggested on the mailing list that this issue is due to something specific to my machine, and I agree that is very likely the case. It's just that I have not been able to determine *what* that specific something is. Very frustrating! John Cordes
  17. note in Ahnentafel

    Memos that are included in sentences will be output depending on the tags selected on the Options/Tags tab. Memos that are not included in sentences can be output according to your selections on the Options/Memos tab.
  18. merged data sets

    No. You can only restore the backup that you made before doing the merge.
  19. How do you get ahnentafel to include notes?
  20. merged data sets

    Is it possible to unmerge two data sets?
  21. Backup problem

    I have no idea of the answer since I don't run Parallels. You don't need a TMG backup to protect your data. You can always cover yourself by creating a ZIP file of the project folder and archiving the ZIP file off your computer. You also can do this for any other TMG data that you need to protect such as your exhibits. You could also simply copy your TMG user tree to an external drive.
  22. Backup problem

    I'm using TMG9 on a Mac with Parallels. My Windows10 has been having update problems, so I'd like to create a fresh backup of my project in case Windows crashes. I've never had a problem running backups before, but now I get through all the steps and click on "Finish" and nothing happens. No progress. After a minute or two I get a message that the program is not responding and all I can do at that point is end the program.
  23. Actually Robin Lamacraft suggested copying the _F.DBF from my backup to the corrupted project. Then I could open & close the corrupted project. I then produced a list of "Last edited" people & checked their parent-child relationships. Some of the people showed children in the Children window but not in the Details window. I went to each of the children in turn & their parents' names were showing but when I clicked on the Father- or Mother- tag, the names weren't there. So I re-added the parent-child relationships & now things are working again. In future I'll do the backup *before* the Optimise, rather than the other way around, as on 2 occasions that Optimise was the last thing I'd done before having a problem. Thank you for your help. Kerry
  24. Kerry's project was missing the relationship table (...F.DBF) and could not be repaired.
  25. Thank you so much, for offering to help me (and others) like this. I don't remember having sent you this problem before - but it's possible some years ago. The time it occurred for me (before this time) I restored from a backup of a week earlier. I've zipped the Project folder & sent it to you via Dropbox. These days I put more recent new projects into their own sub-folders, but this was my original project, over many many years (since the UK version of TMG became available). If I can do *anything* at all to help you, to say thank you, please ask. Kerry
  26. Kerry, I'll check the project if you send it to me. The details of how to do that are in the messages above. Jim
  27. This happened to me for the 2nd time today. In both cases I had done a Reindex, Optimise & then tried to do a backup - which fell over. ("The project is in use elsewhere. Please select another project.") In each case I've tried the usual Shut down - reboot (to check that the project wasn't in fact still open) but the problem continued. Repair mode couldn't fix the problem because it said the file <project)_F.dbf not found. (In fact that file *was* there, but it had a date of a day or 2 earlier than other files.) I tried the TMG Utility - which said "Open the dataset to build the index files, then close TMG & try again". I couldn't open the project within TMG. After I had tried all the things I could think of, I created a new folder under Projects and restored a backup there. I've been doing "bitsy" data entry, over a number of days since the last backup, from a number of different places, so I'll probably never know exactly what I've lost. Any suggestions of a way to recover the locked project would be much appreciated. Kerry Farmer
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