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  • functions disappeared - please help!

    I've been working on a project and had a dozen or so functions, almost all of which were quite significant. After renaming a couple of obsolete functions, the names of them still exist but they're blank inside.

    I'm pretty sure Alpha stores them somewhere in a text file but I can't for the life of me find it.

    How can I get them back?

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    Re: functions disappeared - please help!

    So, I think I've found them a really backward way. Perhaps something about the file that stores them is corrupt, but they continue to show up blank in the Code Editor. However, I right clicked on the name of one of them and selected "Convert filesystem dictionary into library" and when I open those files in a text editor, they're there. So I'll copy and paste them back in, I guess.

    Relief. Hope this helps someone else.

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      Re: functions disappeared - please help!

      If you are using the standard library to store scripts / functions / etc and they "disappear", that suggests the workspace data dictionary may be corrupted. These are the .alb, .alm,. alx files. A compact may clean up the dictionary. In some cases, just closing and restarting can solve a problem.

      When you convert to the filesystem library, the scripts / function, etc are moved from the data dictionary to individual files in folders under an .A5lib folder. This is much more reliable as each one is in an individual file. These files can be backed up or copied and you don't have to compact as the workspace data dictionary is essentially empty. You can even move a function from one Workspace to another by just copying from one A5lib scripts folder to another. This method is also very useful if using source control as you can update one script or function in source.

      If you were already using the filesystem, and the functions "disappeared", check the individual function files in a text editor. If they are there with correct content, that suggests the remaining data dictionary can't link to them, or Alpha Anywhere just ran out of memory and can't load them. If they exist as files, close and reopen Alpha Anywhere and they should be visible.

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        Re: functions disappeared - please help!

        Thanks so much, Jerry.

        To clarify, they had "disappeared" when I re-opened the workspace.

        Though I feel much, much better about storing them on the filesystem, I'm not going to take chances by testing it out. But I think I've noticed this happening when a function is renamed when they're not stored in the filesystem.

        Curious why new workspaces don't default to using the filesystem--seems like 98% of use cases would benefit from it.

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