[aprssig] Xastir: Where did the maps go?

Greg D. ko6th_greg at hotmail.com
Tue Dec 30 17:20:15 CST 2008

Ok, so this is wierd...

Seeing your note made me think that I should at least save a copy of the configuration file that worked, so I would always have a good copy somewhere.  But, when I went to do that, I noticed that the old file (the one that was not working) and the new one (which came from xastir.cnf.1) are identical, even to diff.  (I saved off the "broken" file before overwriting it, just in case...)  I figured the broken file would be truncated or empty, but no, it's just the same as the one that is running now.

So, perhaps the configuration file isn't broken after all, but something else was wrong that is now corrected?  {shrug}  We may never know...

Greg  KO6TH

> Date: Tue, 30 Dec 2008 14:52:37 -0800
> From: archer at eskimo.com
> To: aprssig at tapr.org
> Subject: Re: [aprssig] Xastir: Where did the maps go?
> On Tue, 30 Dec 2008, Jason KG4WSV wrote:
> > occasionally,when xastir doesn't exit gracefully, it pukes in the
> > config file (actually, I think it's in the middle of writing it).
> > Look in ~/.xastir/config for some files named xastir.cnf xastir.cnf.1
> > etc.  Those with numbers are older versions of the file.  copy one of
> > those to xastir.cnf and see if it restores sanity.
> Of course one has to be smart(?) enough not to kill/restart Xastir
> too many times before doing that as it'll renumber (age) the config
> files and the old ones drop off the back end.
> If similar troubles in the future, copy the config files to a temp
> directory first for backup purposes.  Later copy them back one by
> one to find the one you like the best.
> I've thought before of calculating a checksum for the config file
> and checking it when Xastir comes up.  Xastir itself could detect a
> corrupted config file and notify the user of the fact, perhaps with
> a pick-list of non-corrupted files that show up for the user.  It'd
> be a useful thing to add.
> -- 
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