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Why should I delete my parameter files after upgrading CIAO?

With every new CIAO release, it is likely that some parameter files have changed; new parameters may be added and occasionally old ones removed or renamed. In most situations, this should be picked up automatically by the CIAO parameter interface and you will see a message such as:

unix% plist dmstat
Warning:  found possibly out of date user parameter file, renamed to /home/ciaouser/cxcds_param/dmstat_20081113.09:29:58.par

However, this is not guaranteed to work in all cases - in particular with scripts with a parameter interface - which may result in strange behaviour.

We therefore strongly recommend deleting the old parameter files or renaming the parameter-file directory before running any new version of CIAO. CIAO parameter files are stored in the directory $HOME/cxcds_param4/.

More information on parameter files is available in the Introduction to CIAO thread.

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