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Need simple solution for Favorites not saving



  • There are a number of very large topics in the forum on this, but I have not been able to find a simple solution for my simple setup. I'm not using any shutdown scripts (currently) or power button setups or anything. I've made sure the option to save metadata is turned on.

    Sometimes I choose shut down or restart from Emulation Station. Sometimes I just flip the switch on the power strip (or smart plug) that's powering my Pi. But no matter what, I can't get a guarantee that my favorites will remain, which is really annoying after spending hours marking favorites.

    I have the latest Pi 3B. Can anybody help?


  • Global Moderator

    Please add more info about your system - https://retropie.org.uk/forum/topic/3/read-this-first.

    There are a number of very large topics in the forum on this.

    Where ? Can you give an example ?

    No metadata will be saved if you shutdown your PI by cutting the power, including favorites. If you want the favorites to be saved, you either shutdown your system using the Emulationstation menu or have some sort of graceful shutdown method (like a shutdown switch/button attached to the GPIOs). In any case, cutting the power to the PI is not recommended.

    Get the Emulationstation log in /home/pi/.emulationstation/es_log.txt(also available as \\retropie\configs\all\emulationstation\es_log.txt and see if you spot any errors. Try to reproduce the error and then look in the file (or the previous log file, which should be called es_log.txt.bak).



  • Like this:

    https://retropie.org.uk/forum/topic/16478/metadata-not-saving-favorites-will-never-remain-tagged

    There are no errors in the log that I see.

    Would cutting power delete favorites that have been added and were already successfully showing in the favorites list after an Emulation Station "soft" restart? Because that happened to me once I think.


  • Global Moderator

    @strells said in Need simple solution for Favorites not saving:

    Like this:

    https://retropie.org.uk/forum/topic/16478/metadata-not-saving-favorites-will-never-remain-tagged

    That topic is about a shutdown script that will cleanly stop Emulationstation so that metadata is saved. The poster managed to integrate his/her shutdown button with a script and it solved the problem.

    There are no errors in the log that I see.

    Would cutting power delete favorites that have been added and were already successfully showing in the favorites list after an Emulation Station "soft" restart?

    Please don't cut the power and expect things to be ok. You SD card may suffer corruption and you may encounter other issues.

    Because that happened to me once I think.

    Get the logs when you can reproduce this issue reliably, then we might find if it's a software bug/problem.



  • OK, so what should be my order of operations if I want to shut down the power to my cabinet? Use the shut down in ES and then power off Pi?


  • Global Moderator

    @strells Use the shutdown menu in Emulationstation and that's it. Do you have an additional power switch attached to the Pi ? If yes, power if to off after the shutdown.


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