insert older entry text file

Asked by Nick Clay on 2021-02-03

I've discovered on an old hard drive a small batch of RN text files (eg 2011-03.txt) in a folder I'd named 'OldRedNotebook'.
Checking my current iteration of RN (2.20) I discover that one or two of those months are missing altogether and the text files of others are slightly smaller than the ones I've just found. I tried to view them by starting a new journal and going to that folder, but got an error message saying the directory for a new journal must be empty.

It's not easy comparing the entries in a text editor - how can I see them in the proper RN format?

And a follow up question: how do I safely insert the entries that are currently missing? I'm worried that if I copy and paste I may mess things up or cause problems due to changes in RN since 2011.

All advice gratefully received.

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Best Jendrik Seipp (jendrikseipp) said : #1

To view the files: instead of creating a new journal, you can open the old one.

To copy the content: if the filenames don't overlap, you can just copy the old files into the new journal. The format has never changed so far.

In any case, I recommend making backups to avoid data loss.

Nick Clay (nickdclay) said : #2

Thanks Jendrik Seipp, that solved my question.