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  1.    #1  
    As it relates to this discussion (http://discussion.treocentral.com/sh...ad.php?t=65816), it appears that CESD of Pimlico Software (DateBk5) has used his ingenuity to write an app that will delete the unnecessary PIM databases on the 650. Here are his comments, and a link to the app, from the PimlicoDateBK discussion group. I've been running the app this morning and ave not had a problem. It allowed me to regain 1.5MB.

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    Ok, I spent some more time on this. What I have noticed is that after the
    first soft reset, the DatebookDB database re-appears at a much smaller size:
    43.99kb with 3365 records - this is the expected, compact size created by
    the DM Patch with all null handles (i.e. record placeholders only).
    Presumably, this is the size when stored in the 10MB of RAM. Later, it gets
    copied to the NVFS memory where it balloons to 1.8mb in size. I did verify
    there is nothing in DateBk5 that does this (I removed all DateBk5
    applications).

    It appears to be just another case of poor design on PalmOne's part. I did a
    hard reset on the device and ONLY installed FileZ, and the databases are
    STILL created. So the culprit IS the DM patch which is creating the mirror
    databases even if no application ever tries to access them (unless there is
    some old code left over in the Palm OS that triggers the re-creation by
    accessing the classic PalmSource databases).

    Obviously this is a non-trivial flaw that PalmOne needs to address as it
    wastes huge amounts of space - not only is the PIM database much larger on
    the T5/Treo-650 due to the 512 byte sector NVFS storage, BUT it gets doubled
    again by the unnecessary creation of the PalmSource mirror databases.

    What I have done is create yet another little applet that will delete those
    two databases, so those who want to get rid of them can just install that
    file. The applet deletes the two databases after every reset, thereby making
    sure they don't reappear (you can also launch the applet to remove them if
    necessary), but so far a reset seems to be the only condition under which
    they re-appear. This applet does check that it is running on a device with
    the proprietary PalmOne databases AND that DateBk5, V-5.4 or later is
    installed before removing the classic PalmSource Datebook and Memo
    databases, so it should be safe. I've been running this little applet now
    for the past 24 hours and so far it seems to work fine.

    If anyone is interested, you can download it from:
    http://www.PimlicoSoftware.com/deletepims.prc
    Obviously let me know if you fail to see it properly deleting those
    databases. And keep in mind that if you have ANY application that needs to
    access the classic PIM datebook or memo databases, you should not use this
    applet.

    Cheers!
    CESD, Pimlico Software, Inc.
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    I have a Treo 650 with Palm OS v 5.4.5 and this applet will not launch . Any reason why?
    Also, can you modify this applet so that it also removes any duplicate databases from the address book and tasks? Thanks!
  3.    #3  
    Luis - Are you running DateBk5? The app checks for the DateBk5 version you are running. From the messsage, "This applet does check that it is running on a device with the proprietary PalmOne databases AND that DateBk5, V-5.4 or later is installed before removing the classic PalmSource Datebook and Memo databases, so it should be safe."

    I did not write the app and I do not know if the person that did frequents this board. You should visit www.pimlicosoftware.com, or post the question about the other databases to the 'pimlicodatebk' Yahoo group. CESD is very accommodating, so I assume he could add that functionality.
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    Seems to work, but any reason it just deletes 2 of the 4 legacy databases? Address.db and todo.db aren't deleted.
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    Datebk5 uses the legacy pim apps for AddressBook and ToDo - so it doesn't entirely make sense to destroy those. OTOH, I'd love a control panel to selectively remove them. I don't use ToDo at all, and make little enough use of the DateBk5 / Addressbook integration that I could really use that 1.5MB back and would sacrifice the integration for it.

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