If you are using 2 instances from same working folder then last writing instance “wins” (i.e. overwrites anything what you wrote in other instance). If you modified your charts in one instance and saved the other one as last then you would lose your modifications since last saving instance overwrote your changes. You should be using different working folders. If you are using same folder you should not be doing changes to charts while you are using 2 instances in same older. It is like opening the very same file with Notepad twice and editing in two instances. If you save the file the last write overwrites any previous writes.
While some of these files were not included in the “Data” list at the link you provided, they appear to hold data the program may need to function correctly. For someone reading this in the future: files in the “Data” list, but not in the list above, appear to be files that are contained within a database folder and are not needed within a working directory folder.
I’ve also created a shortcut to Broker.exe that has the path (above) to these files in the “Start In” box. The program opens from this shortcut without a problem.
Please let me know if you foresee any issues with this implementation.
The process outlined in my last post did not solve the problem. The charts are still empty. The error messages state the working directory is the installation folder, despite the path to the second working directory in the shortcut.
It appears there are many “do’s & don’ts” to getting this right, and guessing in the dark will only bring more troubles and questions later. Experimenting is fun until something explodes.
If it’s not too much trouble it would be very helpful for myself as well as future readers if support provided step-by-step instructions on how to create a second working directory for AmiBroker:
should a user install AmiBroker again, this time to a new folder?
should a user copy all the files listed in your link above to the second working directory folder?
I don’t know what you did wrong, but I am using multi working directory setups for 20 years and it is always working just fine. Do you know how many different installs and configurations do I need to have to test and develop AmiBroker? Dozens.