Drobe :: The archives
About Drobe | Contact | RSS | Twitter | Tech docs | Downloads | BBC Micro

Confirm comment report request

Some points:

1. The control file with the name, version and license ist something I really think is a good feature since unfortunately for quite a bit of software it is pretty difficult to find the license condition. Please make sure that the licence contains the base info like "freeware", "shareware", ... as well as the info about distribution "may be copied freely", "charge for copy may cover cost for postage and disc only", "need consent from author before passing on", "may be gotten from authors website only", "may pe put on cover discs" and the like.

2. I can understand your idea of a base installation path since it makes things easier for you. If you indeed isist on definig a path where to install the app and then setting up links or stubs: Please do let the user define that base path for the application so that e.g. I can decide where the software may sit on my disc. E.g. my root directory is pretty empty containing "!Boot", "Programs", "Data" and "Work" only. The original folders like "Apps", "Utilities", ... have been moved inside "Programs".

3. As for that installation path perhaps this might be a possible idea for a bit more flexibility: I assume that the package manager keeps a list of what it installed on the local system. If you let the user specify where an app goes it could put the location down in that list.

4. Furthermore some scanning tool to search a directory or a list of them for the installed apps for the package manager is sensible so that the user can even move an app some place else and the aforementioned database is rebuilt. (Don't scann the full harddisc since that might take a bit too long and I can't hide e.g. previous versions of some app I backed up just in case).

5. As for the links or stubs: There is the odd case where I need to go into an app directory. That is no fun with those stubs and I'm nore sure about the links since I never saw any sensible link type solution for RISC OS yet.

6. One of the things nice in RISC OS is that I as the user can decide where I want to put my apps and thus have the odd subdirectory in my folder "Programs" to get some structure to what is where - this is partially vital since we don't have that start menu where I find all the apps (o.k. there is the odd tool to address that but they need to be manually filled). Thus my applications are grouped and with Filer- or Director I have a sensible menu structure to run them.


 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 19/1/04 8:23AM
[ Reply | Permalink | Report ]

Click on the button below to confirm you wish to flag up this comment to the website's administrators. Abuse of this service will be frowned upon and it should only be used to notify us of comments that are extremely distasteful, indecent or otherwise unlawful. If you disagree with an opinion expressed or fact stated in a comment, please take part in the debate rather than expect it to be removed.

Return to the drobe.co.uk front page


Reporting user / IP: /
Comment GID: 8397
Timestamp: Tue, 16 Jul 2019 00:15:28 +0000

Search the archives

Today's featured article

  • RiscPC 10 Years Old Today
    10 pizza oven cooked slices
     30 comments, latest by guestx on 19/4/04 10:21AM. Published: 16 Apr 2004

  • Random article

  • Simple low-level bug hunter released
    Stable as a Jenga tower
     3 comments, latest by druck on 11/9/07 9:26AM. Published: 9 Sep 2007

  • Useful links

    News and media:

    Top developers:
    RISCOS LtdRISC OS OpenMW SoftwareR-CompAdvantage SixVirtualAcorn

    CJE MicrosAPDLCastlea4X-AmpleLiquid SiliconWebmonster


    RISCOS.org.ukRISCOS.orgRISCOS.infoFilebaseChris Why's Acorn/RISC OS collectionNetSurf

    Non-RISC OS:
    The RegisterThe InquirerApple InsiderBBC NewsSky NewsGoogle Newsxkcddiodesign

    © 1999-2009 The Drobe Team. Some rights reserved, click here for more information
    Powered by MiniDrobeCMS, based on J4U | Statistics
    "We accept Drobe likes to be [controversial], no problem there - but a sinister pattern has appeared over the past year or so"
    Page generated in 0.1108 seconds.