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TaskRunner FAQs
Written by WATYF on Wednesday, 24 August 2005 (5296 hits)

General FAQs:

  • Question: TaskRunner seems to use a lot of memory, and sometimes the memory usage will jump up, even when I'm not doing anything... is there a memory leak in it?
  • Answer: The short answer is.... no. If that's good enough for you, I suggest you stop reading now.  And in case you enjoy pain and boredom.... here's the long answer. Applications built using .NET apportion memory a little more "generously" then other platforms do. When the memory use says "25MB", it may not actually be using that much, but the OS has set that much aside for it. If another application needs that memory, the OS will release it, so you won't have an issue with running out of physical memory... it just looks that way. When you minimize a .NET app, the memory that was "set aside" for that app is then "released" (even though it wasn't all being used in the first place), and you can see that it is actually using much less memory (although, the amount you see after you minimize the app isn't quite accurate either... real helpful, ain't it?). And if you haven't gone into a coma by this point, you can check out this site for an even more in-depth explanation.


Task Scheduler FAQs:

  • Question: I ran a file/executable, and it encountered errors, but TaskRunner didn't notify me. It just said that the Task "had ended".
  • Answer: For the Run Executable/Open File action, TaskRunner can only tell you if it succeeded or failed in starting the file or executable. After your file is running, obviously it could be doing any number of things (i.e. whatever you programmed it to do) and there's no way for TaskRunner to tell if it succeeded or failed in doing those things.

  • Question: Hey... I just upgraded from version 2.2 to version 3.x. What the #%@! happened and all my settings and tasks?!?!
  • Answer: The backend datastore and pretty much all of the architechture of the TaskRunner was upgraded/changed in version 3.0, so none of the settings you had in version 2.2 will be able to carry over. There is a warning during the installation of 3.0 letting you know this... but we all know that nobody actually reads the instructions during an installation.


Email Monitor FAQs:

  • Question: I keep getting this error when checking for email: "The requested name is valid and was found in the database, but it does not have the correct associated data being resolved for".
  • Answer: This can happen if your ISP does not have its DNS records setup properly (particularly, if they don't have an MX record).

  • Question: I keep getting this error when checking for email: "A connection attempt failed because the connected party did not properly respond after a period of time, or established connection failed because connected host has failed to respond."
  • Answer: This happens when the connection attempt to the mail server times out. This can be for a number of reasons, most commonly:
         a) You're not connected to the internet.
         b) Your company has blocked access to POP and IMAP ports. (this is a very common practice at larger companies)

  • Question: Why can't I connect to Gmail POP/Yahoo POP?
  • Answer: The first thing you need to make sure of before setting up Gmail or Yahoo POP in the TaskRunner is that you have POP access turned ON for your Gmail or Yahoo account. These services are not enabled by default in Gmail or Yahoo (and for Yahoo, you must have the paid subscription to even get POP access).






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