Today I received an absolutely fantastic eMail (sender’s name and location withheld), in which I’m openly accused of intentionally having added “a bug” in VSTHost which ensures that VSTHost erases all data after some time if no donation is made.
Apart from the fact that this insinuates criminal intent on my side, it’s total nonsense. There is no such code in VSTHost, nor will there ever be. In this case, it seems that VSTHost, for a yet unknown reason, lost its initialisation file (Data\vsthost.ini in an unmodified environment) – in which also the information that the “Donation” dialog has already been displayed is kept. That’s why it’s been displayed a second time. So, just because I’m voluntarily restraining myself here – I could just as easily display the Donation dialog upon each start of VSTHost – this guy here tries to construct a downright criminal action as “the only conclusion”.
Well, I offered that I’d look into his data to find out what happened (if possible) and whether / how much of his setup can be restored. Let’s see what happens.
Update, 5 days later: Additional problem: GMail has decided to treat my eMails as spam, so it took a while, but I got an apology. Now we only have to find out why the data vanished and where they have gone.
Lessons to be learned
For me: there are some very special people on this world.
For all others: people, data loss can happen. Don’t take it lightly; regular backups of your critical data are important!