Red Feline Tidy is a utility program
for Palm OS
that scans your databases for duplicate records. When it finds two
records that are absolutley identical it will automatically delete one
of these records.
This program is particularly useful if your handheld computer gets out
of sync with your desktop and ends up creating identical copies of every
entry in your address book. In fact RFTidy was written after one
especially dramatic occasion when almost every one of two hundred or so
addresses I have was duplicated nine times!
WARNING: This program is writen for
the Palm OS 5 or
earlier. Due to the changes in the PIM databases in Cobalt (Palm OS 6)
this program is unlikely to work correctly on these devices.
Red Feline Tidy is free software with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY. It is
licenced under the GNU General Public Licence.
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Both the source code and the
compiled binary are
held in the same zip file. To install simply download the distibution,
unzip and double click on rftidy.prc.
rftidy-1.1.zip Added capability to tidy To Do List.
Included Catalan translation.
'redfelineninja' is an anagram of my own name
with that of my wife. Since the program is hosted at www.redfelineninja.org.uk
the name of the program seemed very obvious.
Aren't there already other programs that do
I'm not aware of any other free
software programs that do the same thing as RFTidy.
How do I know I can trust your program
with my data?
I don't really think you should! It took me only six hours to write the
1.0 release of
RFTidy, not much of that time was testing. You will find the program
covered in warnings to backup your device before you run it. Follow
this advice and make sure you keep the backups for a week or so before
deleting them just in case you don't spot something right away. The
best I can say is that it works great for me and is fairly
simple so there's not a lot that can go wrong but as it says all over
the program there is ABSOLUTELY NO
When I run the program it just scans the data and returns to the startup screen. Why?
That sounds like it is working properly! There is no separate dialog to
ask if you want to delete something. The program always deletes any duplicates it finds during the scan.
If you still have duplicates left then this is probably because the program only
deletes exact duplicates. These tend to occur due to failed attempts
to synchronise and are especially common if you sync. your Palm with two
different desktop machines and something goes wrong.
If you have inexact duplicates, for example, you have two entries but only one
contains an e-mail address, these will not be deleted (or even reported).