PortableApps.com Platform 1.5.1 Release Candidate 2 (PA Installer hangs, Locale issues aka Task Coach crash, etc)
John T. Haller Homepage) - March 11, 2009 - 2:49am
I have posted a release candidate build of the 1.5.1 platform. The following issues are being addressed:
1. PortableApps.com App Installer hangs
First off, this should fix the issue where app installers hang on "Refreshing PortableApps.com Menu" on some systems. This is apparently due to some errant app on said systems which is accepting certain windows broadcast messages and not responding. So, we need to update both the platform and the installers to fix it. The 1.5.1 release causes the existing app installers not to refresh the menu (avoiding the issue) and will pause and wait if you run them from Options - Install a New App. New installers which fix the issue will autorefresh the menu and will let you continue using the menu if you run them from Options - Install a New App. The updated installer should properly refresh both 1.5 and 1.5.1 on all systems without hanging.
An example of the new installer to test (MD5: c7e32d01eb704c0d359f099ec44f12d4):
With the source here:
2. Locale Bug / Task Coach And Other App Crashes or Fail Language Switch
The second bug fixed is the locale bug where apps like Task Coach would crash if the language is set to certain languages that use 5 character codes in glibc. For example, if you set it to Chinese, it'll crash. This was due to locale files that incorrectly used zh_cn for chinese instead of zh_CN. Some apps also do no switch back to English due to the locale file containing en instead of en_US. All of these have been fixed in the 1.5.1 release and things should be working again.
3. Platform Auto-Closes And Cleans Up On Unsafe Eject (NEW IN RC2)
If you unsafely eject your drive, the platform will auto-close and swap your wallpaper back without getting stuck trying to write its config file.
4. German Backup Crash Fixed (NEW IN RC2)
The bundled backup utility would crash on backing up when in German.
5. Partial Read Only / Live Support (NEW IN RC2)
The Platform should work properly from a read only device with the exception of app rename and hiding.
6. No SysTray Support aka BartPE Support (NEW IN RC2)
The Platform will no longer crash if there is no systray on launch. When the menu is minimized, you can relaunch StartPortableApps.exe and it will reappear. This should allow use with BartPE. Can anyone test this?
7. Better Hover State, Scroll Full Page, Explorer Window Position (NEW IN RC2)
Hover states on PAF apps exclude the package version (more user friendly). The scroll buttons now scroll a full page (you can still scroll single apps with the arrow up and down keys on your keyboard). Explorer windows for Documents and other window positions are now remembered on a per-machine basis.
You can get 1.5.1 Release Candidate 2 here (MD5: c9b4ad761922f78489605a581fe88a63):
and the source here:
Please test this out with both the new installer above and the old installer from recent apps both running them solo and through Options - Install a New App. Also please test the new installer on the existing 1.5 release.
I'd like to post the final of this tomorrow (Thursday), so please test and post your results ASAP, especially if you saw app installer hangs earlier.