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Re: [XBoard-devel] WinBoard Installer

From: Eric Mullins
Subject: Re: [XBoard-devel] WinBoard Installer
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2009 07:15:31 -0600
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h.g. muller wrote:
The http://home.hccnet.nl/h.g.muller/installer.zip now contains
the most recent files of everything as I have it.

I downloaded this file. Bear with me, it's the first time I've seen a gold-pack installation, so some of this may be old news. But here are my thoughts:

Shortcuts: These almost work. There's no icon, I presume because they are currently hardcoded to some path on your machine which doesn't exist on mine. As your help file says, they 'adapt' after opening.

I don't think many users are going to find the solution-- they probably won't even consider opening the winboard installation directory with explorer. So, I think the installer should build these at install time so they are accessible from the start menu, or can be placed on the desktop. It's clear to me you work out of the winboard directory directly, which is kind of unusual for end users.

Additionally, I was getting an error with several shortcuts when exiting, pointing at "C:\cygwin\home\fboard\xboard44\installer\root\WinBoa" where the msgbox got cut off. This is the result of it trying to save the PGN, there's a setting in winboard.ini that points there. Is there some reason we need to ship winboard.ini? Isn't it automatically generated using the defaults if not present? In any event, the PGN save location must be changed-- very few are going to have a cygwin directory. Heh.

Aren't we going to ship the source code? Maybe I'm mistaken, but I thought it came with 4.2.7.
The http://home.hccnet.nl/h.g.muller/xboard_4.4.0~hgm-2_i386.deb
is now actually ~hgm-4, and includes the patch for the broken
Engine #i Settings... menu I made last night. If you already copied
an earlier ~hgm-2 to the GNU website, you hsould re-copy it.
I still do not have the commit for this. As I am running AMD64, I actually need the fix and can not use an i386 .deb.

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