[sword-devel] Module making

David Bell david.bell at bluebottle.com
Thu Dec 7 00:44:03 MST 2006

Greetings to all!

This is my first time to post, but I think that I have read enough of  
the archive to avoid repeating the same "newbie" posts. But I want to  
thank everyone for their patience anyway!

I would like to make modules for Sword. In fact, I have already built  
some modules, but it has been a rather painful experience. This is  
true for several reasons. Probably the biggest is that I am working  
on a Mac (PPC). Therefore, I have had to either work through  
emulation (windows) or actually work on a Ubuntu box at work. But  
even then I have had major problems. I have read through the module  
making guide many times and still am not sure why sometimes I can't  
get a file to run. So, I have several questions to throw out.

1. Within the MacSword project (great to see interest in MacSword-- 
it's a great project!) are there native tools that would handle  
imp2mod or vpl2mod? Or do we all have to use the win32 tools?

2. Has anyone ever thought of putting together a disk image of a  
basic *nix system that could be used with emulation (Q) on different  
platforms (especially MacOS PPC) to build modules? This disk would  
contain all of the necessary files to make sure all of the win32  
binaries run and do their thing.

3. I saw a rather extensive discussion from a few years back in the  
archives about making the imp2mod and vpl2mod a bit more user  
friendly by having them tell you what went wrong in the process. Has  
anyone ever taken that on? I for one would have loved to have that  
kind of feedback. It would be great to know why the program generated  
empty files (nt ot) or minimal files (nt.vss ot.vss). One text that I  
was working on apparently had trouble with vpl2mod because it marked  
the Psalm titles as Psalm *:0.

4. When you run the vpl2mod empty, it gives you some instructions.  
These instructions seem to imply that if you have verse numbers  
starting each line, you can have any number of verses. And yet  
(unless I made a mistake) when I tried with a test file of Genesis 1,  
the module would not generate. Does the text file have to have all  
the verses of the Bible to run or at least all of the NT?

David & Maribel
david.bell at bluebottle.com
parati semper en MMVI dare omni rationem de ea quae en me est spe

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