The majority of our Phantoms will pick up where they left off from one launch to the next. This means that you can set your Phantom to launch automatically multiple times per day and it will not just be repeating itself.
However, you may have found that your Phantom is in fact repeating the same actions at each launch. Don't worry, here's how you can change this:
When you launch a Phantom it will summarise the actions it has performed in results files, which can be found on the Phantom's Console page.
Your Phantom uses these files to know where it finished during its last launch, and therefore where to begin next time. So, if deleted, the Phantom will start its actions from the beginning again.
You can control this using the following steps.
Go to Step 2 of editing your Phantom. Click on the three little dots to 'Show advanced settings':
Scroll down to 'Folder management'. Here you will find three options:
- 'Mix new and old files' is the default setting. With each launch, the Phantom will pick up from where it left off during the last launch to perform its task, then overwrite the old files adding new data. This way, at the end of a series of launches you will have one large file containing all of your data.
- 'Create a new folder per launch' means that new files will be created without the old ones being touched. However, this also means that as your Phantom is not referring to existing files it will start processing information from the beginning again each time it launches.
- 'Delete all previous files at launch' will work the same way, reprocessing the same information, but will delete the old files and replace them with the new.
Renaming your results files
You'll encounter the same thing when you change the name of your files between launches on Step 1 of the Phantom's setup:
Newly named files will be treated as starting afresh by the Phantom, and it will not refer to pre-existing files to create them. So again, input information will be processed from the start.
If this issue isn't coming from your files, it is possible that it's due to a rate limit on, for example, Instagram or LinkedIn.
Perhaps your Phantom is reattempting actions that were blocked during the previous launch and are therefore not complete. If this is the case, it might be helpful to click on 'View log' on a launch on the Console page to find out more:
If you need help understanding your logs, please contact support :)