Why my computer does a copies?

April 6, 2020 at 13:02:51
Specs: Windows XP
I have a program that every time that you exit it makes a copy of altered files for backup purposes, but it also makes a copy of any file copied...!
I checked the DOS command XCOPY which does the job, but nothing...
Any idea?
Thanks.

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#1
April 6, 2020 at 13:28:29
What is the programme to which you refer?

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#2
April 6, 2020 at 23:45:02
Toni41,

To expand on the question trvlr asked, is this a
program you wrote? Is it a batch file? Or what operating
system is it meant to run in? What programming language
was it written in?

I take it that the program keeps copying copies without end.
Is that correct?

Recursives!

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#3
April 7, 2020 at 01:26:10
If I was right that this is a program you wrote, and that the
problem is that it keeps making copies of the copies it makes,
the way to fix it is to store the new copies in a different folder
or different partition or different drive from the folder, partition,
or drive being backed up.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#4
April 7, 2020 at 02:40:53
I'm sorry for the delay in answering. I'm in Italy, you know, the time difference...

It is a very old program (VERY OLD... 20 years old, but still doing its job well) written in dBase and then compiled to .EXE with Clipper. I didn't post before because I thought it wasn't relevant wich program was.

By the way, my Operating System:
Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 (build 2600)
Install Language: Inglese (Stati Uniti)
System Locale: Spagnolo
Installed: 07/01/2020 23.04.31
Boot Mode: Legacy BIOS in UEFI


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#5
April 7, 2020 at 02:53:22
Sorry, I had not read the Jeff Root before I posted...

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#6
April 9, 2020 at 20:46:16
I remember some malware that would make copies of files until your drive was full. You might want to run a malware scan. Is this originally a DOS program you're running in XP command prompt? If so the command to copy the files may be in the original autoexec.bat. I'm not sure what changes XP would have made to it. Otherwise I'd think there would be an option in the program setup about copying/updating files when the program exited.

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