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Ask before upgrade save-file

October 28, 2010 — BarryK
This issue gets raised on the forum every now and again. if there is only one save-file, and you boot a new version of Puppy (same breed though), then the save-file gets loaded and automatically upgraded. This catches some people by surprise.

I have added code to the init script that now asks you to confirm that you want to upgrade the save-file. It is specific to that one particular situation of there being only one save-file. If you decline, then Puppy will back off and boot up in RAM only and PUPMODE=5.

Booting from CD, previous puppies detected if the puppy.sfs (or wary_093.sfs or whatever) is not at same place as the save-file, only on the CD, and automatically copied it to the same place as the save-file (if it is on a hard drive).
The latest init script does not do that, on the principle that Puppy should not do things "behind your back".

However, in addition to the above code, I added extra code to detect that puppy.sfs is only on the CD and ask if you want to copy it to hard drive. This question is only asked when a save-file is being upgraded.

I haven't actually tested this new code yet.


Check if good upgrade
Username: bigpup
Please make sure it does a good upgrade, if selected. Make real sure! I ask because, I have had problems in the past with upgrading, where it says the upgrade took, but stuff would do strange things. You could dump the upgraded files and use a clean start, with the new Puppy and have none of the problems that where happening with the upgrade version. Yes same series Puppy Linux.

Swap file also???
Username: peebee
""the principle that Puppy should not do things "behind your back"." Hi Barry Excellent principle.... Another thing it should be applied to is the automatic unconfirmed creation of a 200MB swap file on pc's with "low memory" - why 200MB?? - why no confirmation that you want a swap file? It also severely increases bootup time and I have to manually delete it on my Thinkpad as it run just OK without it. Thanks Peter

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