[sword-devel] Remote Module Repository Wiki

DM Smith dmsmith at crosswire.org
Fri Nov 5 07:00:35 MST 2010

On 11/05/2010 09:34 AM, Peter von Kaehne wrote:
>> Von: Jonathan Morgan<jonmmorgan at gmail.com>
>> (though I'm not convinced that a large percentage has these tools at their
>> disposable or is aware of them).
> At which point that particular debate probably ends :-)
>> While drag and drop installation has a certain coolness factor, I feel
>> having a menu option (like the "File>  Install Books" BPBible has, also
>> including multiple book installation) is more discoverable and thus
>> perhaps
>> more useful to the starting off user.
> No objection, but also no contradiction.
>>   Also, people coming from the
>> background of e-Sword or similar tools are probably used to seeing a large
>> collection of books on a web page to download, and when they see a similar
>> list at Crosswire they do the same: download books and look for a way to
>> install them, while some people just like downloading a thing to make sure
>> they have it and could it share it with others if they wanted to (though
>> with "the cloud" this is probably less common than it used to be).
> I think the huge number of support emails "I have downloaded x number of modules and now what am I supposed to do" suggests the same - though of course us taking away the zips from the webpage would be a helpful step to stop that.
We should at least drop the MacOSX ones. And perhaps the Windows ones.

If someone has installed Xiphos or Bible Desktop, but never has 
installed BibleCS, then these don't work. They also don't work on 64-bit 
(according to reports).

IIRC: Troy said these were there to satisfy a publisher's request that 
some info from a module's conf be shown for modules installed this way. 
It only ever worked in BibleCS. Is that still a valid concern?

> Downloading a zip for sharing is of course a very useful way to pass about modules via sneaker net. And that is in turn a way of some importance where the interent is either sparse or controlled. I think we acknowledge this by making the zip's available but we do not exactly facilitate it beyond that point. And that is a shame.

I think every frontend should be able to browse, at least locally, for a 
"raw" zip and install it. That way the downloads from the web page 
become less of a support question.

On a different note, I think it might be good to have multiple install 
locations, one for each repository. Today, we have a KJV, but if this 
gets going I could see a publisher with their own repository having a 
KJV. JSword *had* a mechanism to allow for duplicates such as these by 
disambiguating them by their repository name, e.g.
     KJV  (CrossWire)
We pulled it because it didn't happen in reality and because it was not 
implemented very well.

In this situation, zips are anonymous and would go in a "private" 

Today, JSword allow for multiple repository locations, but only one for 
install. I use my own private repository for modules I have created so 
that I don't accidentally wack them.


> Peter
>> Jon

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