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Oolite Bulletins • Adding an 'AddOns' folder in Ubuntu Karmic - Page 2
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Posted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 6:24 pm
by Phantom Hoover
For those Linux users who can't use a command line and don't understand such esotericity as hidden files, couldn't a convenient symlink be created somewhere?

Posted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 7:03 pm
by Smivs
Since I started this thread (a long time ago it seems now), I have re-installed, as it became clear that my installation of the time was a Dog's breakfast. It was an old version and hadn't been installed properly (by Me!)
Since re-installing everything has been fine, and I have an AddOns folder in the Home directory where it should be.
Phantom Hoover wrote:For those Linux users who can't use a command line and don't understand such esotericity as hidden files, couldn't a convenient symlink be created somewhere?
Phantom Hoover, hidden files are just hidden to keep things tidy, and are dead easy to access. I use Ubuntu and to find and access the AddOns folder, click 'Places', then 'Home Folder', then go to 'View', and you'll see 'Show Hidden Files' in the drop down. Click it and you'll find a folder called 'Oolite' amongst the hidden files now visible. The AddOns folder is in there. Hope this helps.

Posted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 8:40 am
by McDjanoff
Hello,

Well about this :
Phantom Hoover wrote:For those Linux users who can't use a command line and don't understand such esotericity as hidden files, couldn't a convenient symlink be created somewhere?
Normally you may use a file managers to do this, but you have to learn some little basics about Unices systems : RTFM !

I think also that 'home directory' isn't the good place for OXP as each system's users have to deploy them.

This is the structure I use :

All oxps installed on the system are deployed in the following directory
/usr/share/games/Oolite/AddOns/

Then in the users home directory some symbolic links are created on oxps directories the player want to use as follow:

~/.OolOolite/AddOns/extension.oxp -> /usr/share/games/Oolite/AddOns/extension.oxp

Regards,
B.

Posted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 9:39 am
by Micha
Ideally we'd want some sort of OXP manager which can download and install the OXPs into a system area, and then allow each user to enable or disable them. This idea has been bandied about a few times but so far not much has come of it.

Posted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 4:25 pm
by Phantom Hoover
Micha wrote:Ideally we'd want some sort of OXP manager which can download and install the OXPs into a system area, and then allow each user to enable or disable them. This idea has been bandied about a few times but so far not much has come of it.
It wouldn't be that hard with a shell script and an online table of OXP download locations.

Posted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 6:35 pm
by Cmdr James
Not sure Id agree that it wouldnt be that hard, there is at least one serious problem: There is no common versioning information, so its impossible to tell when a new version is released

There are all kinds of other things like there isnt really an agreed list of OXPs. I guess you could build the info from looking at the wiki, but not all OXPs are added there.

You also really want a way to enable and disable OXPs. You could probably work around it by moving them in and out (symlinking?) the AddOns folder but its not hugely elegant.

What about sorting out compatabilities and dependencies between OXPs?

Posted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 12:11 pm
by Phantom Hoover
Well, yes: it would need plenty of infrastructure. Enabling and disabling of OXPs is as simple as renaming them to strip the ".oxp" from the end. It would probably be possible to compile a list of OXPs on the wiki, including dependencies and conflicts; each OXP would have a subpage of the OXP list, and MediaWiki's own API could be used to generate the list of names. A common archive structure would help, too; since an archive containing a readme and the OXP seems common, I suggest that.

Posted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 1:14 pm
by Cmdr James
Good luck with that.