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Miranda: "Did not close properly..." likely related to hibernating and starting another computer?

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Miranda: "Did not close properly..." likely related to hibernating and starting another computer?

I store my PortableApps content on my thumb drive and in my Dropbox (SkyDrive's not efficient enough for this) folder. The below applies to using it with Dropbox on personal devices.

I don't have the time to thoroughly test this out, but I think I'm getting the "Did not close properly..." message upon opening Miranda IM Portable on my desktop computer, after hibernating (i.e. not allowing Miranda to set some sort of flag for proper exit) the laptop. Is this a known issue? Is there a way to circumvent this problem, other than installing a copy of Miranda on the desktop?

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Crash

When Windows hibernates on some PCs, it actually disconnects the flash drive, resulting in a crash of any software running from that flash drive. Hibernating + external drive use = badness.

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I'm running PortableApps from

I'm running PortableApps from my Dropbox folder on my hard drive on both of the machines in this case.

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Sync While running

In that case, it likely didn't fully sync. Even if the app may close before Windows closes, it didn't finish syncing to DropBox. So, when you run it on the other PC, you're syncing the version that was running but didn't close, which is the same thing as a crash. You want to make sure DropBox is done syncing before shutting down.

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Well, just a bit of

Well, just a bit of clarification, we're talking about hibernation here. So Miranda's not closing, Dropbox isn't closing, it's pretty much just pausing everything, essentially. Upon resuming, everything's the way it was before.

But thank you for your help, I'll be fine from here on out.

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That clarifies things indeed

In that case, you will always run into that problem, as the apps aren't run from dropbox, they are run from the individual computers you're working at.

Since you indicated you aren't closing the apps, nor allowing them to sync back to dropbox prior to hibernating (which is interpreted in this case as force-shutting down the pc by the portable launcher), you will always run into that dialog.

Note that hibernating any portable app that isn't running 100% on your pc, such as on a separate partition, this issue may crop up as well.

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