No, and this is a side effect of your update and running process. I’ll come back to this.
Don’t worry about things in the Trash Folder, they’re not relevant; just worry about the main databases (
There are at least two ways to get manager to see your data:
- import the business through the interface
- copy an old
.manager database file into the ApplicationData folder. This is handy for re-importing old/backup databases into manager, you copy the database file into the location, renaming it in the process to reflect what it is. Restarting manager, or simply refreshing the “Businesses” tab will populate that tab with the files in that directory.
That’s good, remain consistent. Don’t change that now.
Ok, ^^ that ^^ is the start of your problem.
- You don’t want to be having multiple database folders laying around. This is what’s happened, at some point you’ve started using the wrong one
- What you are effectively doing is copying the original
data (preferences location) file (not database data file) and making a backup of it on the NAS.
- You are then changing the Preferences location, which will only change the the preferences data location in the original Application Data folder. That’s how manager works. Without passing explicit command line arguments, manager will always create and use a
data file located locally in that exact folder.
- When you restart manager, it is loading the Preferences location from the local
data file (as long as that is pointing to your NAS, that should be ok)… The location stored in that file on the NAS is the old location before you copied it to the NAS, so what you have there is correct. It will be pointing back to the local folder.
That’s exactly what it sounds like, or conversely, on this occasion you’ve opened the older file thinking it was the primary file.
No, that is most likely from entering into the wrong business in the business tab and not realising it.
It looks to be you have 3 main database files in there, the top one being the backup. (with the 2020-09-19 date in brackets). What are the other TWO? Services 2020 and Services 2019? I’m guessing 2020 is the one you were using as your current database (which has the data missing).
Do you have a screenshot of that folder before making any changes in the last day or two? Because you’ve been in them and editing, they are all now dated today, if you can check the dates on those files a couple of days ago, you will see one of them should be about 3 months old (and I guess it would be the 2020 version) and you’ve unknowingly been running from the (2020-09-19) version. That’s just a hunch, but a screenshot or dates from a couple of days ago will verify that.
Do a scan of your laptop and just make sure there are no
.manager files floating around you’re not aware of.
Again, this is part of your problem too, I’m not a windows user and so take this with a grain of salt. But windows does funny things to shortcuts, depending on who created them where and if you change one that it initially created, it will always try and remove/modify/edit that on repairs/reinstalls/whatever.
- I would suggest not letting the update/install process install those shortcuts
- I would manually create your own persistent shortcut that you control (for this exact reason)
- I would even go the extra mile and (as long as your network connection ALWAYS exists) and edit the shortcut to include the
-path switch and force it to the NAS. I would then remove the local copy.