[sword-devel] Re New website - installation instructions

DM Smith dmsmith555 at yahoo.com
Fri Dec 19 08:10:40 MST 2008

On Dec 19, 2008, at 7:09 AM, Peter von Kaehne wrote:

>> The instructions should say to use  the built-in app installer, or  
>> otherwise download the Windows          > package and install it.
> Sorry, this is confusing to me right now :
> Do you mean with "Windows package" the user should install *BibleCS*  
> or the *winzip* from the repository?
> If former - I am not sure that is good advice - given that people  
> who use whatever, with a functioning module installer, might not  
> want to have BibleCS too.
> If latter - mwtalbert emailed me that he tried the winzips out and  
> found them not self extracting in WinXP and Vista. I have not tested  
> myself on XP or Vista , but did right now a trial run on Win2000 and  
> it was badly broken:
> a) there was nothing apparently self extracting about it - i.e being  
> called exe and being able to run like a programm it was not.
> b) unzipping it showed a setup.exe
> c) running the setup.exe did something and congratulated me on a  
> succesful install
> d) running BibleDesktop did not show the module. BibvleCS is pretty  
> good in finding unorthodox install places.
> e) starting BibleCS told me that it found a new module - after me  
> ok'ing this it did something and congratulated me for being  
> successful. The module showed up thereafter.
> f) rerunning BibleDesktop found it now. All shiny and new.

The Windows module downloads stage the module to a location that  
BibleDesktop does not look at. When BibleCS runs it looks there and  
copies the module to the "install" location.

> Summary: winzip modules are broken. Unless I did something wrong (I  
> doubt that as I did the intuitive thing and then some more) these  
> modules were not self extracting at all. To be used on a usually  
> very competent frontend (BibleDesktop) they required the presence of  
> BibleCS to get to work.

I could change BD to work with it. But no user has complained.

> Most of the module related queries on sword-support are of the kind  
> "Cannae find me modules, guv" - always Win or Mac related.
> I have already advise from the MacSword team that swd is deprecated  
> and while they will allow use of them we should not advertise them -  
> i.e. we should probably take the out of this page. That was their  
> view not mine, though I support that.

Mac user's should be strongly encouraged (perhaps required) to use the  
program's installer and that using the raw  zips are problematic.

I agree with Manfred that the .swd downloads should be discontinued.

> My feeling regarding  the winzips is as follows -  there is the  
> definitive need for self extracting modules for Windows. I  
> personally want them for distribution to more "interesting" places.

I don't think the self-extracting installer looks at SWORD_PATH first.  
I think it should. Otherwise how is it going to find a non-standard  
install of BibleCS.

> The current incarnation is broken badly in some form, so badly that  
> they are not fit for use. While I personally want them I am  
> currently in no position to volunteer to fix it, though I will once  
> I can come round to it (several months likely), unless someone else  
> was faster.
> My suggestion is therefore that we take out all links to the  
> winzips, delete and destroy them unless someone has a use for them  
> which I have nbot figured and rely solely - for the moment - on  
> rawzips. we then bang all our heads here together and clarify once  
> for all where a sword supported and advertised Windows frontend  
> should keep its modules and how it gets them there.
> Once this is done, someone else (or me if time allows) can step up  
> to the plate and create a new setup of self extracting winzips of  
> some sort (maybe NSIS based?) and then we will again advertise them.
> And finally - two unrelated questions:
> 1) does the command line module installer work on Windows and if so  
> how?
> 2) can MacSword install locally unzipped modules (e.g. unzipped on  
> your desktop or in your document folder) into the correct place like  
> GS can do?

No. And BibleDesktop cannot either.

In Christ's Service,

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