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<h3>Form Backup</h3>
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<p>
The Form Backup module lets you back-up or make exact copies of your forms. It provides
a simple interface to let you copy the form, form submissions, form Views and email
templates. You can pick and choose what aspects you want copied, as shown in the
screenshot to the right. This can be an extremely useful if you need to roll out
multiple, identical forms and don't want to have to go through the Add Form process
for each. Also, it can be a useful way to take "snapshots" of your form configurations
and data so that it's available later for reference or archiving purposes.
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<p>
The module has changed very little since it's original version, however, the "Settings"
page is only available to version 1.1.0 or later.
</p>
<p>
By and large, the module's functionality and usage speaks for itself: but there is one
possibly unexpected behaviour you should know about.
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<h4>Files</h4>
<p>
Form Tools stores files directly on your server in a folder, not inside the database.
The database only stores the filenames. So, when you make a backup of a form, the files are
NOT copied: both forms will then refer to the same file. If you delete a file from one
form it will "orphan" it from the other. In other words: the other form will still contain
a reference to it, even though the file doesn't exist.
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<p>
Similarly, if make a backup of a form then delete the original one and choose to delete all
the uploaded files, the backed-up form will only contain references to the deleted files.
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