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Stellarium Portable 0.10.1 Pre-Release 1

Application: Stellarium
Category: Education
Description: Stellarium Portable is a free, open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars, or a telescope. You can view the planets and gaze at the stars in stunning detail. Stellarium includes vivid illustrations of the constellations and a theatrical display of ravishing nebulae and galaxies. With Stellarium Portable, you can transform any computer into a stargazing centerpiece.

In the previous release, it was noted that there was a lot of trouble with the new settings implementation. I've tried everything I can think of, and unfortunately there is only one way to get the settings to work portably. Again, this is the --user-dir="$SETTINGSDIRECTORY" implementation. Unfortunately, Stellarium refuses to allow spaces in this setup. That means if there is a space in the path Stellarium is in, it just crashes. I've implemented a warning which on first launch of Stellarium will warn the user about this issue. Please let me know if there are issues especially with this feature.

Download Stellarium Portable 0.10.1 Pre-Release 1 [35.8MB download / 44.4MB installed]
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Release Notes:

Pre-Release 1 (2009-03-03):

  • Updated Stellarium version
  • Implemented warning about Stellarium settings bug

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How does it handle it locally? Have you tried setting and passing an env var? Or using single quotes or ` to mark the string?

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Yes and yes.

It will put the settings in AppData locally, but for some reason it gives a C++ error whenever I try to use the environment variable. I've done everything I can with the quotes and such in marking the userdata string. Any suggestions are welcome, but I'm hoping this system will work fine until I can get this straightened out.

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thanx for the work on this..

upgrading works, stellarium leaves a log.txt file in %appdata% on drive C;
app is working smoothly as the local version on my home PC.
some remarks
Perhaps the download option for additional stars should be disabled (needs about 500MB on the drive ->have done a download for my homePC - the additional star data are stored in %appdata%, not within the app folder. Don´t know where they are kept, when downloading portable..)or at least a warning be posted on the download site.
The config file is still that of former 9.1 release, it isn´t adjusted by upgrading (same with the local version) so you have the choice to either keep the old config and eventually miss some new features or to do a fresh install and rebuild the settings on first run..
EDIT: i forgot WinXP SP3 domain user account, gonna do a test on admin this evening

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Hmm.

Sorry for the late reply, I've been a bit under the weather.

I'm not entirely sure what you're saying about a star downloads setting. The only thing I see is in the configuration window, and that option is completely manual.

And about the configuration file, I have only two options for upgrading users: use the old config file, or do a fresh install. I don't believe there are any other possibilities.

I must have missed the log file. That will definitely complicate things a bit.

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yes, I speak of the manual download

its together 500 MB -> looks very nice, but I don´t know where it will be stored. Don´t have a clean PC to check whether the additional files are stored in /data folder or in local %appdata%; perhaps within the next days Wink

EDIT: did some testing after renaming Stellarium folder in %appdata%
on first start on PC a stellarium folder is created in local %appdata% containing the logfile.txt
Downloading the extra files works -> they are saved in/data/settings/stars/default
and loaded on start
So I tried to get rid of the extra 500MB by deleting either the logfile in %appdata% or/ and the extra packages under ///stars folder -> both break the app with errors like "runtime was closed in an unusual way". Strange enough, when trying to start the local app it showed the same behaviour, but deleting the %appdata% folder of SPortable and renaming the local %appdata% back to Stellarium brings back functionality to local app, PortableApp has to be reinstalled for running again
haven´t found the changed setting so far, perhaps it´s the logfile

As I said before I have no real clean install for Portable Stellarium, possibly some settings are messed up by alternative running both local and portable.

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Problems Problems

I've downloaded this app around 7 times now! The first 6 times were for version 0.10 none of the downloaded files worked. They started a com prompt window then after 5-10 secs it closed and that was it.

Seeing that there is an update in the pipeline I tried installing that - v0.10.1 but on first run it informed me that in order to be able to run this program it needs to be in a directory that has no spaces in its name. But it doesn't. Now when I click on its icon nothing happens at all. Why am I having all these problems with this app?

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Where did you install it? If

Where did you install it?

If you look up you will see it actually does need to be in a directory with no spaces in the name

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Update

I just uploaded a new release that should appear in a few minutes. Check it out, I think it should fix everything for you. Just pay attention to that alert window that should come up. Smile

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Yeah I know, thanks, I

Yeah I know, thanks, I noticed the no spaces problem after posting;-)

Trouble is I have the PAM platform installed on my laptop's D drive and for some reason windows won't let me rename the root folder the apps are in! I'm told I don't have permission. It's my bloody laptop who should I ask?!

As you may have guessed, yes, I'm using Vista.

Where do I find this new release you mention?

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