New Computer

CJB chrisjbrady at
Wed Apr 3 08:17:57 PDT 2019

Hi - thanks for all of th tips. It all worked OK - except that TextPad
refused to delete all of the duplicate lines.

And I found the History file actually duplicated in both folders:


But the web PVR does seem to run OK.

Chris B.

On 03/04/2019, MacFH - C E Macfarlane <c.e.macfarlane at> wrote:
> Please see below ...
> On 03/04/2019 12:56, S Byers wrote:
>> Small additional issue is merging the two History files!
> As previously noted, though with a slight error, if the two PCs have
> different *download directories*, then the paths in the history files
> will be different.  If reconciliation between the two is going to be a
> regular job, then I've written a Perl script that does it, however, it
> takes some setting up to get it running in the first place, and so
> certainly would be overkill for a one-off job.  I never got very far
> with the documentation of it, but the script itself is quite well
> documented in the form of comments.  FTR, it's here:
> However, you will most likely want to do this once, and therefore by
> hand.  You will need a decent text editor,  perhaps Notepad will do, but
> it will require a great deal more boring manual work than using
> something like Textpad, which I have used for many years and have no
> hesitation in recommending.  You can download a free trial version,
> which AFAICR will allow saving, and if you like it you can pay a
> relatively small sum and get to keep what is just about the best
> programmer's text editor there is.  My sole gripe about it is that the
> author will not produce a Linux version.  Note also that it will
> automatically back-up every so many minutes, thus overwriting the file
> you are working on with your recent changes  -  mostly this is
> desirable, but sometimes it's a nuisance.
> A procedure for reconciling the history would be as follows.
>      1    Back up the history files on both PCs;
>      2    Also make a working copy of each to a different name, giving
> the copies on each PC *different* names from each other;
>      3    Copy the working copy from one of the PCs to the other;
>      4    On the PC that now has both, load each into different tabs of
> a good text editor;
>      5    For each file in its tab, do a global change and replace to
> remove the paths of the downloads in field 7 and replace it with a dummy
> that will be found uniquely in a subsequent global change & replace  -
> '<<<DUMMY>>>', without the single quotes, would do very nicely.
>      6    Select all of one file in its tab and copy and paste it at the
> end of the other, thus appending it.  You can now close the source tab
> and work only with the merged tab.
>      7    You now have to sort the file in the merged tab and delete all
> the duplicated lines.  This is where Textpad scores over other editors
> such as Notepad, in it choose ...
>              Tools, Sort, and select Delete duplicate lines
>            ... whereas for Notepad, I'm afraid it's got to be done by
> hand, though you can at least sort it by copying and pasting it into a
> single column of a spreadsheet, sorting it there, and then copying and
> pasting it back into the text editor again.
>      8    Once, however it has been done, the duplicates have been
> removed from the merged tab, save this file twice, once to each of the
> working copy names.
>      9    Reload each working copy, for the moment they are identical,
> in a separate tab.
>      10    In each tab do a global change and replace to change
> '<<<DUMMY>>>', or whatever dummy was chosen, back to the correct
> download path for each PC.
>      11    Check each file carefully to ensure it looks correct.
>      12    Save the results.
>      12    Copy the one working copy back to its own PC, and on each PC,
> remembering that you should have begun by making a backup of each
> download history, copy the working copy over the actual download history.
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