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[Migrated] Lose work on "restart"/"timeout
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Description

When you click "save", the edit box becomes grayed out. If you get a timeout error (or whatever causes AWB to restart), AWB just re-processes the article from scratch automatically, and you lose all your manual changes. It would be IMMENSELY useful if, when you click "stop" to interrupt the re-processing, that the edit-window would become editable again so you could keep your changes (via crtl+c), or that AWB would prompt you before reprocessing the page, giving you the option of keeping your changes rather than start from scratch.

This happens to me every now and then, and I always lose massive amounts of work. @Headbomb 06:32, 12 February 2011 (UTC)

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@Droll 06:24, 30 June 2011 (UTC) wrote:

This happens to me too and I find it very discouraging. I spend considerable time on an article only to have the changes disappear. It is not always related a long period of inactivity on my part. Is the edit box content saved anywhere on my computer where it can be retrieved after restart?

AWB should not reprocess the page if the page has not changed since first processing. Or at least save the previous version in a local file (Edit-saved.txt contains the re-processed version).
I also loose work too often.

AlanM1 added a subscriber: AlanM1.EditedMay 22 2020, 12:43 AM

This still happens as of v6.1.0.1, SVN 12353 (2019-09-17 21:16:42). As others have said, we usually lose a LOT of work. The reason is because it happens only after an extended edit session – I'd say over about 15–45 minutes. I'm not sure if the auto-save happens immediately before the upload, or whether the re-processing of the article might over-write it, so I've had to start saving to another text file before attempting to save a longer session, including having to separately save a summary that may have been carefully constructed over than time, and also disappears after the restart. All that, and the recovery of it, of course, is time that can be better spent on edits (or relaxing, or ... :) ).

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