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ST 4U 298: Backing up Your Envy Repository

October 19, 2012 13:30:29.643

Today's Smalltalk 4 You looks at creating a clone of your existing ENVY repository. Since all of your code resides in that repositry, backing up a copy periodically is a really good idea. If you have trouble viewing it here in the browser, you can also navigate directly to YouTube. To watch now, click on the image below:

Clone the Repository.

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The good thing about ENVY Development in VA Smalltalk is that ENVY tracks everything - you really can't lose code that you develop, even when you don't formally release it. On the other hand, you do have a single point of failure - the repository itself. Fortunately, it's easy to back up, both within VA and without. Outside, just backup the file (typically manager.dat in the "manager" directory under your VA installation). Within VA, go to the Tools menu:


What that option does is create a new library and reconnect your image to the new library - after which you can archive the original. The cloning can take awhile (especially if the file is large). When it's finished, you'll get promoted for the new repository size. Always select 16 GB:

New repository size

Finally, VA connects to the new library and you're ready to get back to work:


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