#1149 Freemind/Tools/Properties hung with no indication. Suggest make robust to corrupt auto.properties file.


Tools/Preferences --> hung, with no option to recover. Had to kill the process and try again. Repeatable. Even with no MM file open.

When I removed my "C:\Users\userid.freemind\auto.properties" file, it then worked.

Software suggestion: make the software more robust-- at least print some indication of the error or possible work around. As it was, there was no hint about what it could be. Nothing in the log that I found.

I'll attach my properties file that seemed to cause the problem.

Freemind: 1.0.0 RC4
OS: Windows 7 Professional

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  • Hi,
    can you please post the output of jstack <pid>. This would be very helpful.
    A first remark: you have used the keyboard shortcut control+COMMA double: preferences and switch between note and node. From where do you deduce, that freemind hangs?
    HTH, Chris

    • status: open --> pending
  • Weller

    I've got the same problem for Freemind 1.0.0 in Win7 Enterprise version. And now I've found the cause. Not sure if it's the same case as reported above, but you can try.

    The problem happens if the preferences window has ever been opened in an extended screen. Then the window can't be seen after we switch to one-screen style (by manual setting or disconnecting from ext screen).
    So the problem is, after we lose the extended screen, it still tries to open the window in that screen. So we can't see it, but it occupies the focus and hence the main window hangs.

    Remedy: Click anywhere in the Freemind window, then press "Alt+Space", then press "c", this can close the (hidden) "Preferences" window and the main window will get focus again.