#601 ✓closed
Matthias Kleespies

Building up JBW from scratch including hidden directories

Reported by Matthias Kleespies | January 15th, 2009 @ 11:58 PM | in Support

Hello to all!

I would like to rebuild JBW from scratch. I mean really from scratch, including the hidden directories with the hidden preference files. My question now is: how do I DELETE the hidden files on the Mac?

I would just like to describe the reason for this somewhat unusual desire: yesterday I set up a multisnipe auction and went shopping trusting my old experiences that JBW had always successfully cancelled all open multisnipe auctions after winning one of the multisnipe auctions. However, when I came back home yesterday, something really weird happened. Fortunately, I had been outbid on all previous multisnipe auctions. Then, I won the auction that ended two minutes after coming home. I was a bit shocked when I saw that JBW subsequently had NOT cancelled any of the other open multisnipe auctions. Just imagine what would have happened if I had come home just some minutes later (the next auction was due about 20 minutes later). I deleted the whole "JBidwatcher" folder from usr/Library/Preferences and thus forced rebuilding of all data files. However, when I compare the content of this folder with one created on a NEW account (with no hidden files), their content differs: The JBidwatcher folder from the new account contains the following files and folders: auctionsave, derby.log, jbdb, platform, searches.xml. The - rebuilt - JBidwatcher folder on my old account contains only 2 files/folders: derby.log, jbdb.

So, obviously, the hidden directories/files somehow change JBW´s "behavior". Of course I could simply copy the "JBidwatcher" folder from the NEW account to all my other accounts (I am working with multiple JBW users and therefore need multiple accounts on my Mac to implement this. As these accounts contain other valuable data, too, I cannot simply delete these accounts). If I can be sure that all of JBW´s vital functions will be reset by copying a "fresh" JBidwatcher folder to all my accounts, this would be the simplest solution. If, however, it would be wise to erase the hidden files, too, to make sure that JBW works like it should and is supposed to with the highest certainty, I would be happy to know how to delete the hidden files, too.

Thank you for your help!



Comments and changes to this ticket

  • Matthias Kleespies

    Matthias Kleespies January 16th, 2009 @ 12:02 AM

    Some more info: I am using MacOS X 10.4 and JBW´s latest release: 2.0beta10-722.

  • Morgan Schweers

    Morgan Schweers January 16th, 2009 @ 05:04 AM

    • Milestone changed from 2.0 Full Release to Support
    • State changed from “new” to “open”

    Greetings, There are two parts to this ticket; one is a support issue ('What are all the potential files that JBidwatcher may have stored on the computer') and the other is a SEVERE multisnipe failure. :(

    I'm working on fixing the latter now. I believe I've got a fix for it. I confirmed the potential behavior through unit testing, and confirmed the fix as well. I'm going to mark this as 'Support' and use #584 as the primary bug for multisnipe failure.

    I'll get back to this, and explain where everything is, soon. For now, follow #584 for multisnipe updates.

    -- Morgan Schweers, CyberFOX!

  • Morgan Schweers

    Morgan Schweers March 8th, 2017 @ 04:38 PM

    • State changed from “open” to “closed”
    • Tag set to old

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