Lakewood NY Home Weather Station (wd version) is my pwsWD website.
Not sure what happened but I checked settings after Wim posted his end-of-free-support message. I figured I should make sure my version was up to date and not worry about it anymore. So I go into settings and do the check for updates and it shows me a few files need to be updated so I download the zip file. Here’s the list:
So first thing I do is my monthly backup of my home directory. It needed to be done anyways as it was the new month.
I then ftp these files to my server using filezilla to overwrite the old files. All seems ok, but when I go to look at my website all I get is a 500 error. Huh?
(add: by replacing the files one at a time I find that the PWS_settings.php file was causing the 500 error)
So I think I messed something up so I go into my freshly made backup file and grab the files I just replaced and ftp them to my website. Great, my website is back up and running.
Wait a minute, something ain’t right. I notice some of the blocks are not updating. Weird. So I think I should take a look at my settings in pwsWD so I attempt to enter the settings. The page comes up and asks for my password. I type it in and nothing happens. So I type it in again and now I get a message that I must enter a valid password. So I exit out and go back to my website and not it looks like pwsWD lost all settings and is only partially showing me a semi-looking pwsWD page.
I get on filezilla and check my pwsWD directory and find that my settings file that used to be about 5kb in size is now like 150 bytes. Whoa!
I now I am stuck with a website that partially works and I am unable to edit my settings without pwsWD over-writing my settings file.
At first I thought it must be either a virus or similar, or, filezilla is not doing what I think it’s doing.
So, I could try to delete/restore my entire pwsWD directory on the server and see if that fixes it. But I thought before I do that I would tell my story here and see if anybody has had a similar thing happen to them. It’s such a strange thing that I wanted to see if anybody else had a idea of what could be going on. Why would entering the setup page for pwsWD cause it to overwrite the settings file?
As for filezilla, I am having doubts about it as well. It sometimes fails to perform an overwrite of a file. As an example, I download a text file to my local desktop, edit it, then have filezilla ftp the file back to my server. The original file size was 1500 bytes. After I edited the file it’s size is now 1533 bytes. But when filezilla ftp’s the file to the server I notice the filesize is not 1533 or 1500 bytes but some other number and usually smaller. So not sure I trust filezilla 100% anymore.
So, has anyone had anything similar happen to them?