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Re: [StrongED] A mystery, now solved.

On 25 Dec 2014  Fred Graute <fjgraute@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> In message <2eb2bf7b54.pnyoung@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>           Peter Young <pnyoung@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

>> I'm not sure whether this is a StrongED problem, or a VRPC one, but I
>> thought I'd ask here first. This is with StrongED 4.69, on VRPC with
>> RISC OS 4.02.

As it turns out, it wasn't a StrongED problem; see below for how 
things can get inadvertently get fouled up :-(

>> Without my having done anything, as far as I know, to cause this
>> happening, every time I start up VRPC StrongED shows me the contents
>> of !NewsDir's !Boot file, just as if I had this file on the screen at
>> the last shut-down, which I don't have.

> So, StrongED is started as part of the boot sequence? What happens if
> you quit StrongED and then restart it does that cause the file to open?

>> Im struggling to know where to look to remedy this, but all I can say
>> is that the AutoSave directories in both StrongED and StrED_Config
>> contain only the !ReadMe files.

> AutoSave would be the most likely cause. Beyond that a dodgy Shift key,
> or some application sending it to StrongED is all I can only think of.

> But thinking is a little impaired due to today's celebrations and a cold
> so I'm gonna leave this for now and sign off by ..

I really didn't think, Fred, that you would do anything about this on 
yesterday of all days. Doing so was, in words I heard on the radio 
years ago, A & B the C of D (Above and Beyond the Call of Duty).

Doing a bit of lateral thinking, I looked for all the occurrences of 
!Boot in the eponymous directory, and it became rapidly apparent what 
had happened. Somehow !NewsDir had become corrupted, and its !Boot and 
!Run files had become typed as text. So, as !NewsDir is set to be 
looked at during startup, the OS was doing exactly what it was told to 
do, and running, that is displaying, that file. The reason why Edit 
had snatched is is presumably as it is booted before StrongED during 
the start-up routine.

> But thinking is a little impaired due to today's celebrations and a cold
> so I'm gonna leave this for now.

Sorry to have interrupted Fred's Christmas, but maybe my thinking was 
a bit impaired yesterday as well. I blame it on my daughter's and 
son-in-law's hospitality :-)

Best wishes,


Peter Young (zfc Re) and family
Prestbury, Cheltenham, Glos. GL52, England

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