The General Problem: On Friday my DA archive began to malfunction. Specifically, on Thursday new searches and pages would save to the archive as per usual, and show up in the archive window and in the archive count of groups and items, but then when I quit DA, came back on Friday and re-started the program, my archive did not show any of the pages and searches I had a saved on Thursday. This problem has continued for the past three days despite my efforts (although the rest of the DA program functions normally).
The Particular Attributes of My Problem: My DA archive retains all of its other functions, so that new search items are saved to the archive when the program is opened, but if DA is closed and re-opened, the new items are lost and I am back to the archive count that I had on Thursday. It does not matter whether I save an entire search, or just selected items, to the archive, they are still lost once the program is closed. Interestingly, if I delete long-time previously-saved items from the archive (i.e., search pages which were there before Thursday), they are appropriately deleted from the archive window, but then the program is closed and re-opened, and magically the deleted items re-appear. The archive will successfully export HTML pages to my documents folder on my hard drive, so that I can save my new items outside of DA before I close the program. And I have no difficulty adding my new search results to my DTPro database, as long as I don’t close DA and lose them first!
When I check my iMac’s Library/Application/ Support/DEVONagent archive folder, the Get Info query command reports that the archive is modified with each day’s work, even though with program restart the DA archive window still shows the same set of groups and items saved as I had on Thursday, with no new items added. And in fact, if I perform repeated searches without closing the program, using Internet(Fast Scan) with the same search term and settings as usual, the items which I have during that session saved to the archive are filtered out and not displayed-- apparently, as it should, DA ‘knows’ that I saved those pages already.
My search and filter settings have not changed during these three days, nor have any other aspects of my software or hardware been altered (iMac PowerPC G4, Mac OS X 10.4.11, DA 2.3). I cleared the DA cache, it made no difference. I ran an update of my anti-virus software (Norton) and everything came back clean. I ran a scan for corrupted files and that also came back clean. I used an updated version of my disk utility (Spring Cleaning) and did a fix Permissions, and still the DA archive will not save new searches or search items. I have deleted my old copy of DA, downloaded a new copy of DA and installed it, and I still have the same problem.
Could someone please suggest a possible diagnosis and a likely solution?! I would much appreciate.