AmiSystemRestore r1 beta5 released
Date 1-Dec-2012 19:25:50
Topic: software OS4
|This is the fifth public beta of AmiSystemRestore:|
* Restore points can now REALLY have a name of any length!
* Restoring now safely works with AmigaOS4.1 Update 6, thanks to a blacklist.
* Now able to monitor AmiUpdate when it has been run from the Shell.
* Fixed bogus empty backup files being created in certain rare circumstances, and the installer will automatically fix any such files.
* Fixed a few other small problems.
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This is a public beta of AmiSystemRestore. Although I and a small number of testers have not noticed any stability problems in over 10 months of use, there is still a small possibility of crashes or lock-ups with untested programs or situations, due to the complexity of the OS patching done by AmiSystemRestore. Please report all problems to me.
You can download it from OS4Depot.net.
Details of the changes:
* NEW: The length of a restore point name is now REALLY unlimited (I had overlooked restrictions in a couple of places).
* NEW: Added a Restore folder blacklist, so when Restoring it automatically unticks files inside blacklisted folders.
This was needed for AmigaOS4.1 Update 6, to prevent users accidentally restoring AmiUpdate's Rollback folder (which is now stored on SYS:).
* NEW: Now able to monitor AmiUpdate when it has been run from the Shell rather than the Workbench.
* CHG: Previous wrongly-stored empty backup files (see next item below) will be fixed by the installer, as they would create problems when restoring. (This will probably only affect a handful of people.)
* BUG: Fixed a bogus empty backup file being stored, when a file was created using a multi-assignment path that already existed but only in one of the later assignments. (phew!)
* BUG: Fixed empty restore points showing as 1KB in size.
* BUG: Fixed "Installer avoids creating empty restore points" not working.
* BUG: Fixed certain cases where writing to the debug log would hang the whole OS, although no-one reported such problems.
What is AmiSystemRestore?
AmiSystemRestore aims to give AmigaOS4 a similar ability to Window's very useful System Restore. What it does is create Restore Points, which act as snapshots of your SYS: partition (where the OS is stored). If anything changes on your SYS: partition, then you can roll it back to the time of the snapshot.
Why would you want to undo changes to your SYS: partition? Well, if you install a new program (or update an existing one), you have no idea if any new libraries (or other changes) will have problems that may break existing programs. A badly written installer might even replace libraries (etc) with older versions!
AmiSystemRestore allows you to undo all recent changes (whether or not they were done by the installer), and return SYS: to an earlier point in time. Knowledgable users can be more selective about which changes are undone, with the warning that they need to know what they are doing!
If you are installing something using AmiUpdate or the official Installer system, then AmiSystemRestore will automatically create Restore Points for you (and Ringhio messages should notify you of this).