Peeps’ ConsignPro Settings File Alert Utility

Peeps' ConsignPro Settings File Checker

In the years I’ve been monitoring and maintaining systems for consignment store owners, I’ve found ConsignPro (CP.exe) has a propensity to crash at the end of the day, when closing.  When this happens, the following morning, ConsignPro will fail to open, reporting its settings file is missing:

The problem:

  • ConsignPro tries to rename its settings file from cp.ini to cp2.ini.
  • It then tries to make a backup of cp2.ini and name it cpini.back.
  • It fails to rename cp2.ini back to cp.ini.

I don’t think ConsignPro should be renaming this file at all and I’ve outlined my reasoning in our original post about this issue.

From a system administrator’s perspective, with hundreds of clients relying on their businesses running smoothly when they open, I need to know the following things:

  • Does that cp.ini file exist.
  • Can I restore a backup.
  • Can I be alerted when that file doesn’t exist.

So I wrote my own application that we schedule to run every morning, on every system, so I (and my client) can be alerted if there’s an issue that was caused by ConsignPro crashing the night before.

Here’s Peeps’ cp.ini Checker:

Peeps’ cp.ini Checker
Peeps’ cp.ini Checker | Click to Enlarge

It’s a very simple application, with a very effective result — alert me and my client before their store opens, so they don’t have to start their day off on the wrong foot.

Some additional thoughts:

  • I don’t think ConsignPro should be renaming this file at all — it increases the chance for problems.
  • I think there could be better exception handling done by ConsignPro.
  • I think ConsignPro should keep redundant copies of the cp.ini file (like ConsognPro does w/ the consign.mdb file) and automatically choose the last-good file, if it’s not empty.

For clients utilizing Peeps’ Support & System Monitoring services, I automatically deploy this utility on all of our clients’ systems that are running ConsignPro.

I am a Software Developer, System Administrator, and consignment software specialist. I currently manage hundreds of consignment workstations, point of sale systems, and database servers all across North America and I am the developer of Peeps' Software, Peeps2Go, and Peeps' Consignor Login for iOS and Android. I've been helping consignment & resale store-owners since 2003. I started The Computer Peeps in February of 2010. Peeps' Software launched in 2016 and is now on hundreds of systems all across North America. I have successfully converted dozens of stores from all of the major consignment software systems. After 20 years of working with consignment stores, I understand the unique challenges consignment & resale store-owners face. From electrical issues in old buildings or strip malls, to advocating for them when their old consignment software keeps crashing.

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