Saving and restoring sessions



A MacAlias 'session' represents the state of your current work in progress. A session is stored in a session file between invocations of the MacAlias program. See the file formats page for details about this file. Each session contains the following information:

  1. The pathname of the current abstracts file.
  2. The index number of the currently displayed abstract.
  3. The pathname of the current proteins file.
  4. The index number of the currently displayed protein.
  5. The pathname of the current notes file.
  6. The pathname of the current links file.
  7. The pathname of the current genes file.
You should write a session file whenever you want to quit the MacAlias program, but intend to resume editing of the proteins database file later. When you read a session file, all of the above 7 items are restored to their state when the session file was saved. Thus, a session file is like a program 'document', but it does not contain any of your data, only references to the files which do contain the data.

To write a session file, choose 'Write Session...' from the File menu. To read a previously saved session file, choose 'Read Session...' from the file menu. Note that all data currently in memory (abstracts notes and proteins database) will be erased as each file listed in the session is read by the MacAlias program. Also note that you must read a session file by choosing 'Read Session...' from the File menu while in the MacAlias program. Double clicking or drag dropping a session file has no effect.

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