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Old 06-04-2017, 04:50   #1
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Portable OpenCPN on a memory stick

The Help file on the latest release (4.6.1) is out of date.

I've prepared a guide that can be download here.

Comments are appreciated. Hopefully someone can update the Help file.

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Re: Portable OpenCPN on a memory stick

Looks good!
However,
just a few notes,per my own experience

I find that naming the text file to start OpenCPN portable , ".cmd" can work better in some instances than ".bat".
and, (argh)
If you find on win7, for instance, that "bat" or"cmd" doesn't work,
All you have to do is open the registry (argh!)and deletete this key:

"HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.BAT\UserChoice"
also per .cmd key

Not O's fault but portable can be not-so-portable if you are wanting to open someone else's machine up to hack the registry. sigh.

I found I wanted the "msvcp120.dll" and "msvcr120.dll" files also. OpenCPN installs these on a "proper install" because Not every Windows machine has all the background system files required.(XP for instance?)


I even went so far as to copy all the wx widget files in too but I can't remember why I did this-!!! argh. It's been awhile since I did Windows) or if the portable version on a usb stick will actually "call" on these if it doesn't find them on the host machine.
Try without the widgets I guess, but I'm really sure the msvcp120 and msvcr120 files will be very useful to include.

Edit-add: per widget files it might have been to run Windows O portable on a Linux machine via Wine. Probably did this to compare versions...or something like that!
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Re: Portable OpenCPN on a memory stick

It's not a better idea to use Navigatrix or Xinutop as portable OpenCPN on a memory stick?
This way you will be able also to repair a broken Windows which often occurs.

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Re: Portable OpenCPN on a memory stick

It might be a idea to create opencpn as an portable appimage https://github.com/probonopd/AppImag...ting-AppImages

Just my ten cents.

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It's not a better idea to use Navigatrix or Xinutop as portable OpenCPN on a memory stick?
This way you will be able also to repair a broken Windows which often occurs.

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I even went so far as to copy all the wx widget files in too but I can't remember why I did this-!!! argh. It's been awhile since I did Windows) or if the portable version on a usb stick will actually "call" on these if it doesn't find them on the host machine.
Try without the widgets I guess, but I'm really sure the msvcp120 and msvcr120 files will be very useful to include.
Many thanks for the comments! I am sure that the msvcp120 and the msvcr120 files as well as all the wx widget files are in the current version and were copied to the memory stick as I showed in the guide.

Haven't worried about any OS except Windoze.

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Re: Portable OpenCPN on a memory stick

Terry-OK. I just wasn't sure they were in O's "Program Files" by default . .I recall copying them into the portable from Windows System32 folder...

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It's not a better idea to use Navigatrix or Xinutop as portable OpenCPN on a memory stick?
This way you will be able also to repair a broken Windows which often occurs.

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Well, I can't exactly agree about windoze. It's been very sturdy for me in XP and W7 flavours, but the usb stick OS is very good too. ( I like my Puppy Linux! )

However .thinking portably (as though not every computer you want to use it on will not be your own) it CAN be a bit of a hurdle to open just any-ol-computer's bios settings to make it boot from USB...
That aside,, yes why not? USB sticks have lots of room nowadays so why not have it all? Portable, installed in a Portable os, and maybe Petter's "app image" too which I haven't tried. And charts and more.
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Re: Portable OpenCPN on a memory stick

With many thanks to Hakan I've revised my blurb on making a portable OpenCPN to include the split-screen configuration.

You can download it here.

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Re: Portable OpenCPN on a memory stick

Terry's guide to Portable OpenCPN on a USB memory stick is now in the user manual. Thanks to him for the guide and also the images.

https://opencpn.org/wiki/dokuwiki/do...ble_opencpn_v2

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Re: Portable OpenCPN on a memory stick

Terry & Mike Thank you for your editing & additions!
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And Hakan. Much appreciated.
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