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Author Topic: FARR reverting to default options when started with Windows!  (Read 2843 times)

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FARR reverting to default options when started with Windows!
« on: January 16, 2009, 01:45:14 PM »
Hi!

I have enbabeld the option "Start automatically when Windows starts" and it works as it should. However, when FARR is started this way, it starts using the default options and not the ones I chose! When I close it and restart it (even with the same shortcut in the Startup group of Windows), it uses my settings (skin, history, etc.) Next autostart will again use default settings.

What's the problem here?

I'm using Vista x64 SP1 and FARR is the only program that displays this behaviour.

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Martin

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Re: FARR reverting to default options when started with Windows!
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2009, 02:04:41 PM »
its possible that farr is running under one user in one case, and under another user in the other case.. therefore there are 2 sets of settings files.

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Re: FARR reverting to default options when started with Windows!
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2009, 03:10:00 PM »
I don't think so, because I only have 1 user account. And FARR is the only prgram that shows this strange behaviour, so I guess it's not a configuration problem of my system.

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Re: FARR reverting to default options when started with Windows!
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2009, 04:37:30 PM »
if you exit farr. and start it manually, change some options, then exit
then start it manually again, does it remember your settings?

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Re: FARR reverting to default options when started with Windows!
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2009, 10:48:39 AM »
Yes, it does! With the exception of "Use document launch helper utility" on the general settings page, which is always on after restart?

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Re: FARR reverting to default options when started with Windows!
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2009, 09:13:30 AM »
I think I may have found the problem: FARR seems to save its settings under "My Documents". However, this folder is not available at boot up, because I keep mine in an encrypted TrueCrypt container (other people might have it on a network drive), which needs a password before it's available. So when FARR is started before I enter the password (which is always, of course, because it's started before TrueCrypt), it doesn't find the config data and reverts to the defaults.

So the proper way to solve this problem would be to have FARR waiting for the configuration data to be available before starting. DeskSoft products (www.desksoft.com) for example, handle this very well! As long as the data directory is unavailable, the tray icon will simply flash to indicate that the program is waiting for the data path. When this becomes available, the program continues to start normally. That seems to be a good solution?

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Re: FARR reverting to default options when started with Windows!
« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2009, 09:28:03 AM »
ah well that is a very interesting mystery solved!
the best solution for you is probably to delay starting farr until the true launch container is mounted.. maybe there is a utility to do this or you could request one on the coding snacks section :)