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Old 07-15-2017, 06:39 AM   #1
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Messages.dat makes game unresponsive

We have just converted to OOTP in our online league.

Whenever I log into my GM account, the game becomes unresponsive and unclickable. Other accounts work fine, only mine is affected. It must be caused by a high number of unread messages (950+) or some other corruption to the messages.dat file because when I remove it from the folder, everything's working fine. However, it's offseason and I need to execute player options via messaging.

Is there a way to somehow clear my old messages without logging into my account?
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I'm just taking a stab at this because I don't really know. Is it possible to take out/delete some of the messages in the folder? Would that allow for it to run? If not, another possibility is to erase the folder completely and have the commish manually make the player decisions that you want. Then you can hope it kinda resets itself in a new sim. Or 3rd, delete the league and try a fresh download of the file. Not entirely sure any of this helps you but none of it would hurt.
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Does your GM account work in any other capacity? Can you look at your roster or check the team finances?
Is it only when you go to the messages?
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Does your GM account work in any other capacity? Can you look at your roster or check the team finances?
Is it only when you go to the messages?
As soon as I log in, it becomes unresponsive. Every screen. With messages.dat removed, it works fine.

I think I had been corrupted before, for example I could never 'read all messages' in OOTP 17 either because a few hundred still remained unread.
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If you delete the file does the game recreate it?
Can your commissioner execute your options by "Acting As" you?
If your commissioner can handle it then you can delete the file and see if the next download fixes the problem.
Can your commissioner log in through your GM account?
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I delete messages.dat every Jan 1 as part of a general file cleanup. When you boot the game it rebuilds an empty messages.dat.

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Take note, deleting messages in game does not delete them from messages.dat. Only the above action works.
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Thanks for all the help.

I deleted the .dat file so I could use the program and made an export. It was valid, so not having the file in the folder doesn't corrupt it. Still with the file deleted, I downloaded the updated league file today which works fine for some reason. It froze a bit but I could click 'read all messages'.
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