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Posted By:      Posted Date: May 22, 2011    Points: 0   Category :.NET Framework


I am using settings in a project and they usually operate as expected.  But once in a while, for no apparent rhyme or reason, my app operates as if there were no settings.  I.E. it goes back to initial values rather than the settings/remembered values.  My code which accesses the settings is really simple and it's hard to see how it could be responsible for what I am seeing. 

This is all happening within the VS 2008 IDE debugger.  On Vista x64. 

Any ideas?

Also, this has, of course, gotten me extremely interested in where exactly settings live.  I can easily find files which contain the names and value types of my settings but I never see any values! Here, for example, is what I find in my exe.config file for two of my settings

<setting name="FormHeight" serializeAs="String">
                <value />
            <setting name="FormWidth" serializeAs="String">
                <value />

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