I am currently running Devon Think Pro 2.02 on a Mac Pro tower. My database file is 1.57 gigs in size. I have tons of room on my idisk.
Several days ago I ran the export script “Backup to Idisk”. The script got to “archiving” and got stuck there. I left it alone overnight, the next day still in the same spot, Devonthink was locked up, so I had to force quit. Yesterday, I got a message saying my hard drive was full. Just last month, I have carbon copy cloned from a 500 gig to a new 1 Tb disk, so had 550 gigs of space.
I started searching and found a file in Users/mdaleallen/Library/temporaryitems containing a file named:
MDaleAllen.dtBase@ 10-04-06/zip that is 469.96 Gb in size!! I have been unable to delete it as the trash just hangs on “emptying the trash”
Does anyone have any recommendations on how to proceed and more importantly, how to prevent this from happening in the future?
I assume that you used Force Quit when you decided the application was locked up.
When you next opened that database, you should have seen a “database in use” warning, as the database had not been properly closed.
In that case, there is a possibility that the database has been damaged. It’s a good idea to run Tools > Verify & Repair whenever you see that warning message and proceed to open it by clicking on the Continue button.
Even if no errors are reported, in your case I would recommend either a database rebuild (Tools > Rebuild Database) or alternatively, a complete export of all the contents of the database to a new folder in the Finder, followed by capture of ALL the content of that new Finder folder into a new database. Reason: possibly some of your files became damaged because a write operation was incomplete, for example.
In either case, rebuild or export/import, check the Log (Window > Log) for reports of files that failed to make the rebuild or export/import procedures.