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If you want to analyze an XML file for errors, the is now an easier way.
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If it is in the middle of the name, then it is by definition not a suffix.

My take on it (after a lot of soul searching) is this:
If the company name ends with a comma and a company suffix, then omit it, spelled out or not. Otherwise, leave it.

I'm sure everyone will agree, and we shall have consensus! 
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It's not often that one gets an invalid XML file when exporting from DVD Profiler. However, if and when it happens, it can be quite tedious work to find out what's wrong.

So, as a bit of an exercise I took it upon myself to write a small tool that tries to analyze a broken XML file. It is mainly targeted at Profiler export files, but it should work for any XML file (but in that case it will only give you the line number and the offending line).

For an export file, it would look something like this:


DpXmlAnalyzer 1.0.1

EDIT: Fixed a  minor glitch.
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First of all, let's rule out unlikely but easily verifiable external problems:
- Have you tried rebooting your PC and trying the backup again?
- Have you made sure that it's not a case of out of memory or disk full?
If the answers to those two questions are Yes, as I assume, then we most likely have a data problem. Database repair fixes most, but not all such problems.

So I would suggest trying to export your collection. Does that work? If it does, try loading the exported XML file in some program. I favor XML Notepad, but Firefox works fine, too. Both will spot illegal data in an XML file and give you a line number.

Given a line number, you need to open the XML file in a text editor that shows line numbers. Plain old Notepad will not do. My favorite text editors are Editpad Lite and Notepad ++ (both freeware). Both of those will load large files quickly and let you go to the offending line. From there you have to find out what the profile is that contains the error. Then remove that profile from your collection and try the export again.

If the above doesn't solve the problem, I have some other suggestions, but let's start with this.

EDIT: I just saw your post in Plugins. You might want to try unloading LoadDVDPro before running the backup. Or in fact unload all plugins that you are using.
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Quoting T!M:
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Why? If this is a child profile for the "B"-side of a dual-sided disc, then this seems perfectly fine to me.

Well, I consider Side A and Side B to be logical properties rather than physical properties.

For a profile that covers both sides, Side A is where the Main Feature is, and Side B is special features, or continuation of the program from Sida A, or something similar.

If a profile only covers one side, then that side is Side A.

For a profile to have just a Side B without a Side A would, to me, be lika having a continuation without having a beginning.
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Export your collection to an XML file, then open the XML file in CastCrewQuery.

It will show you all birth years in your collection that are not in the List of Accepted Birth Years.

There may be accepted birth years that are not in that list, but it's the closest you'll come, I think.
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I'm a little surprised that 30+ people have read this but only one has an opinion. Usually consistency is a very big topic here.
So just in case I didn't explain myself well enough, here is what I am talking about:

This looks wrong to me:


And this even more so:
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Quoting Magmadrag:
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@AiAustria:
Like mentioned before: There weren't any updates for the parent profile! Before I take data from any parent profile, I check if there is any newer version. As there wasn't, couldn't do any automatic changes

Birth year entries can sneak in locally even if they are not in the online profile (like I tried to explain above). Preview Changes will compare your local profile with the online profile, and will show if you have birth years that are not in the online profile.
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I have noticed that there seems to be different ways of handling the Disc Info for the B side when such titles are turned into box sets.

My thinking is that the child profiles should both have the Disc Info in the A side slot. The B side slot should only be used for profiles where the same title uses both sides, for example when the B side contains special features. Other than the order in which the titles are listed on the cover, there is usually no real way to identify any side as A or B.

There are, however, child profiles that only use B side slot for Disc Info.

Any thoughts on which way is correct?
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Quoting CubbyUps:
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I would change your standard text to something like "cast & crew are from the parent profile, any birth years are present in the parent profile and no check boxes for these birth years were present and thus are approved birth years."

That assumes that the birth years actually are in the parent profile online, rather than just in the parent profile locally.
Like AiAustria writes, a Preview Changes will tell if they are.
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Quoting Magmadrag:
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Before the profiles could be declined there has to be a change in the parent profile!

The problem is most likely not in the parent profile online. The problem is the flawed birth year system. Let me explain with a made up example:

You have a number of profiles that contain the actor Joe Blow. There is only one Joe Blow, so no birth year is needed. You download a profile that (for whatever reason) contains a faulty birth year of 1947 for Joe Blow. This updates your local actor table so that Joe Blow has that birth year. This means that all profiles with Joe Blow will now show a birth year of 1947.

So, someone realizes that the profile that you downloaded is incorrect, they remove the birth year, contribute the profile, and you download the updated profile. This fixes the problem, right? Wrong! Downloading a profile without birth year does not remove the incorrect birth year from your local database.

And if this is not bad enough, it also means that any new profile with Joe Blow that you add will also become contaminated locally with the incorrect birth year. The only way to get rid of the incorrect birth year is by editing the local actor information manually.

So, you probably had the incorrect birth years in your local database before you downloaded the parent profile in question. And even if the fault actually is in that profile online, fixing it online will not fix it for you in your local database. Ain't birth years fun?
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Quoting DJ Doena:
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Quoting The Movieman:
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Changed it to a Spain locality (where the director is from)


That's not how our database works.


True, but ... Dark Side Releasing is afaik based in Canada, so they should not be using a 13 digit UPC.
13 digit UPCs that start with 7 seem to be used to some extent all over Europe, however most Spanish profiles start with 8.

Seems to me that UK is probably the most appropriate locality for this profile, if it should be contributed at all.
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A small image on the back cover that revealed a woman's bare breast was enough to reject a contribution unless it was classified as Adult. Given that, I would say that it is vital that we can assign other genres as well.
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I don't see why not.
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Welcome to the asylum, Marion!
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It's been a l-o-n-g time since I watched this and I remember very little of it, but if it is a close to the song as T!M says, then I can accept OMB.

However, I wouldn't go quite as far as T!M when it comes to the type of souce that's accepted. "Adapted from another work" is what the rule says. I would not call an idea a work. And to me, "inspired by" sounded like just an idea. But I'll buy that in this case it's indeed more than that.
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I knew this has been debated a lot, but I cannot recall if we ever came to anything that resembled consensus. Include in crew or not?
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In the movie Love Potion No. 9, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller are credited as "Inspired by the Song by". Does that constitute Original Material By, in your opinion?
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Quoting GSyren:
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If you mean the fastest way to determine if a specific profile has not been contributed, then huskersport's method is indeed the way to go.

If, however, you want a list of profiles in your collection that have never been contributed, then ProfilerQuery can help. Search for a Profile Timestamp equal to 1899-12-30 (or whatever date format your Windows is configured for).

If you're new to ProfilerQuery, do take a look at the help file. If you have any questions I'll be happy to answer them.

I just found out that this isn't 100% foolproof. I found a few profiles that had a different Profile Timestamp even though they were never uploaded. And unfortunately Profile Links Page is not part of the XML export, so it's not possible to query on that.
Still 1899-12-30 will catch the vast majority of them.
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Quoting GSyren:
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Quoting CubbyUps:
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I forgot how I added this to the toolbar, but I just click on that and if the words 'Visit Profile Links Page' is black I know that the profile is in the online database. If it's greyed out, I know it hasn't.

That's a very astute observation. You can take it further to make it really useful.

Step 1 - Right click somewhere in the menu area and select Customize:


Step 2 - Select Commands, and the Online / Visit Profile Links Page


Step 3 - Drag this to some place in the toolbar of your choice. Result:


The globe will be in color if the profile exists online, or greyed out if it doesn't. So now all you have to do is to select the profile in question, and you can see in the toolbar if it has been contributed.


EDIT: I see that AiAustria came up with a similar solution while I was writing this.
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Quoting CubbyUps:
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I forgot how I added this to the toolbar, but I just click on that and if the words 'Visit Profile Links Page' is black I know that the profile is in the online database. If it's greyed out, I know it hasn't.

That's a very astute observation. You can take it further to make it really useful.

Step 1 - Right click somewhere in the menu area and select Customize:


Step 2 - Select Commands, and the Online / Visit Profile Links Page


Step 3 - Drag this to some place in the toolbar of your choice. Result:


The globe will be in color if the profile exists online, or greyed out if it doesn't. So now all you have to do is to select the profile in question, and you can see in the toolbar if it has been contributed.
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If you mean the fastest way to determine if a specific profile has not been contributed, then huskersport's method is indeed the way to go.

If, however, you want a list of profiles in your collection that have never been contributed, then ProfilerQuery can help. Search for a Profile Timestamp equal to 1899-12-30 (or whatever date format your Windows is configured for).

If you're new to ProfilerQuery, do take a look at the help file. If you have any questions I'll be happy to answer them.
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Quoting jurgen42u:
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Any ideas to solve this?

Are you shutting down your PC without first exiting DVD Profiler? That  is a no-no. Unfortunately Profiler does not close cleanly on Windows shutdown, and that will cause the repair prompt.
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Yes, you can do it with ProfilerQuery, but how practical it will be depends a little on just what you want to export.

If you were to try to export every field including cast and crew, that would become an awful lot of data in every single row. That would hardly be useful. If it's just a few selected fields, then it would be easy.

Take a look at ProfilerQuery, read the help file, and if you have any questions I'll be happy to answer them.
Hint: File -> Open result in spreadsheet in the menu is what you should concentrate on.
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Even though it was a cast listing that inspired me to create the sort feature, it is actually much more useful for crew. Cast listings imported from IMDb are usually more or less in the correct order, so sorting them would actually make them harder to use. And there is no undo, so have that in mind.

Crew, on the other hand, is practically never in the "correct" order when you get it from IMDb. And by that I mean that it is not in the order that you find the credits in the movie. So if the crew list is fairly large (which it often is in modern movies), sorting it makes a lot of sense.

By the way, when you sort crew by function, it is actually sorted by function and name. Usually not an issue, but if you have 50 Visual Effects credits it may be nice to have those credits sorted by name within the group. 
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