Zyzzyva: The Last Word in Word Study
How to Migrate Your Data from CSW07 to CSW12
If you have been using Zyzzyva with CSW07 as your main lexicon, you will probably want to migrate your CSW07 quiz data to CSW12, which became the official lexicon on January 1, 2012. To do this, follow the steps on this page exactly. This series of steps will leave your CSW07 cardbox intact, while migrating it to CSW12 and deleting the "removed in CSW12" words from your CSW12 cardbox.
Since there are several steps, this process may look intimidating, but each step should be simple and straightforward. I'm sorry it's such a pain to do this. There really should be a better way to migrate from one lexicon to another. In future versions of Zyzzyva, I plan to make this easily doable within Zyzzyva itself.
If you encounter any problems, please join the Zyzzyva Users group and send an email to the mailing list. There are many experienced users on this list, and you will probably receive help from someone fairly quickly.
STEP 1 - Update to the latest version of Zyzzyva
Make sure you have installed Zyzzyva 2.1.5 or later. This will ensure that your version of Zyzzyva contains both CSW07 and CSW12 lexicons.
STEP 2 - Enable both CSW07 and CSW12 in lexicon preferences
Zyzzyva will need to load both CSW07 and CSW12 lexicons. Do the following:
STEP 3 - Update lexicon databases for CSW07 and CSW12
Before proceeding, we'll want Zyzzyva to have updated lexicons for both CSW07 and CSW12 lexicons. If Zyzzyva prompted you to create databases at the end of STEP 2, or if you know that your lexicon databases are already up to date, you can skip this step and go to STEP 4. Otherwise, do the following:
STEP 4 - Go to the Zyzzyva Data Directory
Now we're going to copy some files around inside Zyzzyva's data directory. You almost never need to do this during Zyzzyva's normal operation, but migrating from CSW07 to CSW12 is a rare event that requires manual intervention.
STEP 5 - Copy CSW07 data into CSW12
You should now be inside the quiz/data subdirectory under the Zyzzyva data directory. If you have previously copied your CSW07 quiz data into CSW12, then you should see a CSW12 directory and you can skip to STEP 6. Otherwise, do the following:
STEP 6 - Trick Zyzzyva behind its back
Now we're going to trick Zyzzyva temporarily into thinking your CSW12 cardbox is really CSW07, so it can remove the "removed in CSW12" words from your cardbox. This step is necessary because those words only exist in the CSW07 lexicon, so they can only be removed from the CSW07 cardbox.
You should still be inside the quiz/data subdirectory under the Zyzzyva data directory, and you should see both CSW07 and CSW12 subdirectories. Do the following:
STEP 7 - Delete "Removed in CSW12" words from the cardbox
Now Zyzzyva will think that your CSW12 cardbox information is really CSW07. We're going to delete the "removed in CSW12" words from the cardbox. Do the following:
STEP 8 - Restore everything as it was
Your file browser should still be inside the quiz/data subdirectory under the Zyzzyva data directory. Do the following:
Now when you start Zyzzyva again, all your CSW07 quiz data should be available in CSW12, and the "removed in CSW12" words will not appear in the CSW12 cardbox. You may want to open a Cardbox tab, choose CSW12 as the lexicon, and click the Refresh button to make sure everything looks right. Happy CSW12 studying!
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