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Author Topic: Mouser - need help on LBC portable use  (Read 3198 times)
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« on: June 17, 2009, 08:59:09 AM »

I tried using LBC as my portable launcher a few months ago (left a message upstream in the forum) but could not quite make it work.  So I tried some of the other portable launchers and found them all wanting in one way or another.  So here I am back again.

This is what I want to do (if it's doable).

I have LBC on a USB stick in an \LBC folder. I also have the portable version of Open Office on that same stick in an \OO3 folder.

I want to assign OpenofficePortable.exe to a button on LBC so that:

(1) LBC -always- goes to the program on the stick, -never- looking for the program on the HDD.  This is important because I know I have the portable flavor of OO on the stick and don't have to worry about where it is writing.  (for that same reason, I don't -think- have to worry about configuring LBC to tell the app which directories to use)

(2) LBC does this irrespective of whatever drive letter the stick may be assigned when plugged into different PC's.

In other words I want LBC to always launch relative (based on the stick structure), never absolute (using drive letters).

I've tried a few different ways of setting up the folder structure and app parameters and nothing seems to quite work.  So I'm asking for the "cookbook" instructions - thank you!!!

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« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2009, 09:15:53 AM »

This should be easy.

So first way, using latest version, you should be able to just add the link to the Open Office using an absolute path on the usb stick, and LBC should auto-correct it when it isnt found at that location at its configured absolute location when drive letter changes.  assuming you dont have it in exact same directory on your real hard drive that should work fine.

But, assuming you are morally opposed to that, you should be able to configure the program path using %APPDIR%, so:
if OO3 is a subdirectory of LBC then:
  • %APPDIR%\OO3\openoffice.exe

Or if OO3 is not a subdirectory you can use the %APPDRIVE% field to get the current drive letter where LBC is running from:
  • %APPDRIVE%\OO3\openoffice.exe

See if that works -- let me know if not.  Not many people are using it in portable mode yet, so there may be things that "should" work, but don't.
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« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2009, 10:11:03 AM »

I'm testing with a different program -CCleaner- which loads and starts a lot faster than Open Office.

LBC is located in the \LBC folder under root
CCleaner is in the \CC folder under root
USB stick is mapped to N: drive

Set up a new, clean dock and drop ccleaner.exe as a command item, we get
   N:\CC\CCleaner.exe
in the command window
Works great, launches in an eyeblink just like LBC on a hard drive.

Now I drop another ccleaner.exe into the dock, get the same command window, again launches fine.  After observing that, I edit the command window to read:
   %APPDRIVE%\CC\CCleaner.exe


This does not work.  CCleaner does not launch, and some program (I have to assume LBC) starts thrashing the stick.  The access light is still flickering as I type this, ten minutes later.

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« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2009, 10:23:31 AM »

ok let me test it here.. is LBC hung for you or still running ok despite note launching ccleaner?
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« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2009, 10:39:40 AM »

No other problems, LBC does not hang and can be closed.
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« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2009, 10:53:51 AM »

ok, just confirmed you are right about the problem -- fixing now.
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« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2009, 11:43:12 AM »

fixed, will be in next update tonight.  sorry for the inconvenience.
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« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2009, 11:56:00 AM »

Hey no problem, a one day turnaround on a bug fix is many light-years short of being an "inconvenience" !!!!
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« Reply #8 on: June 18, 2009, 01:02:34 PM »

Mouser, got the new version this morning.  Appdrive works a treat.  Thanks!
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« Reply #9 on: June 18, 2009, 01:02:52 PM »

great  thumbs up thumbs up
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