Forte/Agent 4 running out of disk space

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by The Stone Crusher, Aug 10, 2009.

  1. I am running XP Pro SP3 on a Dell Inspiron 1525 with a 250GB HD + a 500GB
    external HD. I Have the internal 250GB HD partitioned into C:\34.5GB &
    E:\195GB. Right now there is 1.56GB free on C:\ & 104GB free on E:\. Drive
    I:\ has 215GB free. I recently enlarged C:\ to accomodate this problem.

    I have Forte/Agent 4 installed on E:\ Lately when I try to download large
    files (appx 1GB) I receive a msg that there is not enough room on the
    drive!!! The reference seems to be to C:\ When I look on drive C:\ >
    Documents and Settings > Luke > Applications Data > Forte > Agent. The
    Agent folder has 23.4GB of tmp, DAT, aab, INI, bak, IDX, ffs, htm & XML.
    One of the DAT files is over 8 GB!

    What can be deleted without a problem?

    Can this info be moved to E:\ or I:\?

    Is there something else I can do?


    The Stone Crusher, Aug 10, 2009
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  2. The Stone Crusher

    Evan Platt Guest

    1.56 gigs isn't a whole lot of free space. Is this your O/S drive?
    You might have better luck with say Grabit, or a program more geared
    for large binaries. I use Grabit for binaries, Agent for text....
    What reference is that?
    That's where you configured Agent to store your data folders. You can
    change this under the group, hit Alt Enter, look at Atachments Folder.
    Whatever you don't need / want. Go through the groups you have, delete
    some old / large messages.
    You can reinstall Agent, and change the directory the data is stored
    in, but not sure how that would work. My guess is you'd have to move
    the directory manually. Never done it. You may have better luck in a
    Agent group.
    Free up some space on drive C.
    Evan Platt, Aug 10, 2009
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  3. On Mon, 10 Aug 2009 17:49:43 -0400, "The Stone Crusher"

    Ask the experts in alt.usenet.offline-reader.forte-agent
    or send a support request to Forte

    Stephen Wolstenholme, Aug 11, 2009
  4. I started with C: at 15GB and increased it continually.
    This sounds good. Hopefully you are referring to files that run.
    I think this could be a big help. Thanks
    The Stone Crusher, Aug 11, 2009
  5. The Stone Crusher

    Keith Guest

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    You need to setup and use compacting and purging in Agent. You should
    also set up the default folder for saving attachments and set the
    program to remove attachment message bodies after saving a message to
    the default folder.

    IIRC 8GB is the maximum size of the Agent .dat files.

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    Best Regards, Keith
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    Keith, Aug 11, 2009
  6. It seems in the dim past I used this to send them to Drive I: and it has
    been working OK. If not I would have probably had more serious problems.

    You can also move the entire
    (I don't know how I would do that. If you look above the file is 'buried'.
    Would just cutting and pasting to someplace on E: solve the problem?)

    anywaySince I posted I continued my project. I found that the AGENT.INI file lets
    you designate where things
    can be 'stored'. The default is where agent.ini is located (which is
    described above). I copied the entire folder mentioned above to the Agent
    folder in Program Files on E:, renamed it Data and then renamed the
    Forte/Agent folders on C: It seems to be working and also a very simple


    The Stone Crusher, Aug 11, 2009
  7. Yes, I have continually increased it from 15GB because of this problem.
    I am downloading on a secure line that is not offered by Grabit. I use
    Grabit for other things.
    The fact that I am out of space.
    Since I posted I did that - I am working on it now. Hope it works
    I mean what of the tmp, DAT, etc files.
    Exactly! I found you had to open the agent.ini file and direct it so.
    I originally wanted to keep C: just for the operating system. Ouch! It has
    gone crazy. But I copied the entire "Agent" folder to E: and renamed it.
    Then I renamed the original folder on C: I changed the path in agent.ini
    and it seems to be working. Many thanks for your time and thoughts.
    The Stone Crusher, Aug 11, 2009
  8. Thanks for the suggestion. I looked through the FAQs with no luck. I think
    I have solved the problem. I will know soon since I moved the folder to E:
    and changed the path in agent.ini.

    The Stone Crusher, Aug 11, 2009
  9. The Stone Crusher

    Evan Platt Guest

    No, never said there was, just seems to be more easily configurable.
    The cache folder, extract folder, and download folder are very easily
    configurable. And it extracts and combines and decodes automatically.
    Evan Platt, Aug 11, 2009
  10. The Stone Crusher

    Evan Platt Guest

    No, never said there was, just seems to be more easily configurable.
    The cache folder, extract folder, and download folder are very easily
    configurable. And it extracts and combines and decodes automatically.
    Evan Platt, Aug 11, 2009
  11. The Stone Crusher

    why? Guest

    It's covered in the FAQ.
    Configuration and Setup section

    - How do I consolidate all my instances of Agent into one copy?
    - How do I Move Agent?
    - How do I run multiple instances of Agent 4.2?
    - How do I specify the directory for Agent's database?
    - I don't understand the settings in AGENT.INI. Where can I find an
    explanation of the settings?
    - Why does Agent forget all my settings each time I run it? (agent.ini
    is gone)
    - Why does Agent forget all my settings each time I run it? (Start In
    location wrong)
    - Why is Agent putting files in the wrong directory?
    That's the one, copy files / folder to new location update paths in
    agent.ini. You can also edit the shortcut that starts agent to use the
    new locations.

    Agent Help , look for
    Using a Command Line Parameter
    Command Line

    why?, Aug 11, 2009
  12. The Stone Crusher

    Pennywise Guest

    My Agent is located on D:\ drive which is 3gigs in size, it's my
    "stuff partition" (used to be the restore partition <Grin>) - my
    operating systems are on drives C:\ and E:\ which I just drag a
    shortcut icon from D:\ to my Desktops. Using the group properties I
    have files/messages going to different places (mainly H:\ drive).

    My Agent data has been intact since version .98, I just copy Agent to
    another hard drive, edit the .INI file to show Agent where it's at and
    I'm off. Still got messages (I thought important) over 11years old - I
    do like Agent

    As mentioned use the purge and Compact functions. Each message deleted
    leaves a blank spot in the DAT file, Compact takes them out, by
    compacting the file (duh).

    (Me? I don't use the purge function, I like total control over my
    programs (and Agent allows that) I'll delete a message when I want it
    to go.

    The 8gig DAT file would be a message group your keeping a lot of files
    in (music?) you should know which one it is. Have Agent save the file
    after receiving it - It removes it from the DAT file (group

    The Messages will still be there, file info and where it was saved and
    if a file double clicked the file will run, but it's just a link,
    cause you told Agent to save it some place and to delete the data. My
    largest DAT file is 6 megs.

    There is an Agent Hack out there, I'm not going to look for it - but
    there is an entry you can add to the .INI file that when you look at
    the "group/folders (folders in Version 3-5) the .DAT file is shown
    after It's group name (or the INX file, one or the other) but it helps
    find what INX/DAT file belongs to what group.

    FWIW: I'm posting from 1.93 cause I don't like the folder idea, I do
    have Agent 5 installed, I was going to post from it just for this
    reply, but I would have to download 400000 messages: They start from
    3/10/2005 :) (
    Pennywise, Aug 11, 2009
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