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Corrupted Meta

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Oba1
Posts: 12

Corrupted Meta

Post#1 » September 15th, 2016, 1:16 am

I was editing my character control meta and it seems I've corrupted it somehow. I don't think I was editing it on two different clients, but after a /vt refresh and a reload, it said

[VTank] Error: Attempted to load invalid or corrupt meta profile

Is there any way to fix this/recover the file?
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Dmdtt
Moderator
Posts: 266

Re: Corrupted Meta

Post#2 » September 15th, 2016, 8:03 am

find the error it in, rule of thumb is whenever editing a meta in notepad make a backup of it because its very easy to miss a line somewhere or forget to update total # of rules at beginning of meta then it corrupts.

what were you editing in your control meta?
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Oba1
Posts: 12

Re: Corrupted Meta

Post#3 » September 15th, 2016, 11:59 am

I was adding new chat capture expressions to handle characters following whoever issued the command (follow, using a portal, life stone recall, etc.) I was condensing them down to a single rule rather than one for each toon who could possibly issue the command.

I opened the meta in notepad, but I wasn't sure how to even spot an error since the format is so outside my experience. I looked at the rule I was editing right before the corruption, but maybe I can revisit that (especially if it means I don't have to rebuild the meta.) Good to know that the beginning also needs to be edited as well though. I never would have picked that up on my own.
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Joeblow8579
Posts: 67

Re: Corrupted Meta

Post#4 » September 15th, 2016, 2:54 pm

It's also possible that Windows saved a prior copy of the meta file in a system snapshot, if you have that option turned on. You could potentially roll back to the prior version and then start over with your edits.

I always keep an up-to-date backup of my vtank folder somewhere else on my hard drive just in case I completely screw everything up. It's saved my bacon more than once.
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