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« on: August 05, 2011, 01:22:55 PM »

As the subject says, some apps installed does not seems to be recognized correctly by DCUpdater this imply that it is not able to propose updates if they are aviable.

I have problems with FARR and CHS, while UrlSnooper and DCUpdater works correctly

 
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« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2011, 01:28:33 PM »

What operating system are you using?

Did you set the programs to run in portable mode?
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« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2011, 01:51:24 PM »

I'm running windows 7 and I installed them from DCUpdater. How do I know if they are in portable mode?
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« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2011, 02:01:14 PM »

Well unless you manually edited their config.dir files in their directories, they are not in portable mode, so there is no reason they shouldn't be found.

Try this, go to your Documents folder, and try to find the DonationCoder\DcUpdate subdirectory and look for some .dcupdaterdirect files.
See if you see any difference between the programs that it thinks are installed and those it doesnt.

In other words, is there a file for UrlSnooper but not for Farr?

Or is there a file for each but if you open the FindAndRunRobot one, does it point to the wrong directory?
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« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2011, 06:01:06 AM »

In my Documents/DonationCoder/DcUpdate folder there is no *.dcupdaterdirect file neither for working programs (UrlSnooper and DcUpdater) nor for not working ones (FARR and CHS).

Here is how it looks:
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« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2011, 04:35:54 PM »

Where is %COMMONAPPDATA% on Windows 7 and why is it so hard for me to find this information on the web?

I've said it before, I'll say it a hundred times -- the only explanation for some of the f*cked up stuff Microsoft does is that the company is filled with sabateur's trying to bring it down from the inside.
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« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2011, 04:43:24 PM »

To answer my own question, apparently it's now in a folder called ProgramData off of the C drive, which is completely hidden from user.

And furthermore, apparently now in windows 7 to show hidden folders you have to go into control panel, Appearance and Personalization, and then Folder Options. I can only imagine by the time we get windows 8 we will get 50 new hidden directories and MS won't even give us a way to show them except with a phone to tech support.  I swear every time i start to feel like MS gets a bad wrap they make sure that feeling doesn't last.

Boydon, can you turn on the view of hidden folders and check your ProgramData\DcUpdater\RedirectFiles directory and tell me what you find and see about those questions I asked earlier.
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« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2011, 11:15:08 AM »

Ok here we go.

To show hidden folders in windows 7 you don't need to use the control panel. You just have to hit ALT while you are in any explore folder and a menu will pop-out. Then you will act as you do for XP and if you want you can also set it so that the menu is always visible.

On my PC the environment var %COMMONAPPDATA% seems not to exist; the one pointing to C:\ProgramData is %ALLUSERSPROFILE%.

Anyway I've found the files that you are telling me. UrlSnooper's one is the only one pointing to the correct location, the FARR and CHS are like this:
%ProgramFiles%\Clipboard Help+Spell\
%ProgramFiles%\FindAndRunRobot\

Once again I think that this is related to Win 7. As there is no easy way to change the default programs folder (C:\Program Files), every time I install something, I manually change the location to my custom one (D:\Program Files). Don't know if you can take care of this: probably those *.dcupdaterdirect filse should be dynamically generated during install time with the directory used for installation; problem is that if I change them, they get overwritten every time an update is installed (not as a top priority on your to do list as I can leave with this tongue).

I really don't understand this weird logics in Windows 7; not to mention the fact (that probably you English are not acknowledge of) that localizaition of folder names is only "visual" in the explorer shell: on the file system they are in english. Every time it is nightmare to find what you are looking for...
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« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2011, 11:18:59 AM »

Actually the program's themselves are SUPPOSED to overwrite those files with the proper locations on first run, but that's not apparently not happening.  I'll see if i can figure out if it's a bug in my code or else some windows permission issue blocking them from modifying their redirect files.
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« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2011, 03:53:34 PM »

What do you use as installer? Cause with NSIS you could handle this easily (directly during install, not at the first run).
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« Reply #10 on: August 07, 2011, 04:42:08 PM »

I use Inno Setup as the installer.
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« Reply #11 on: August 07, 2011, 04:50:35 PM »

Sorry then, I dont know Inno setup (I've always used NSIS), but I guess it should be as well capable of performing file writing after installation. tongue
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« Reply #12 on: October 05, 2011, 10:39:02 AM »

I'm having the same issue here...was there any resolution?
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« Reply #13 on: October 07, 2011, 07:45:20 AM »

Hi guys, ok could someone with this problem email me (mouser@donationcoder.com) who is willing to test something and i'll send you a test version to try to figure out what's wrong.
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