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Old 19-12-2019, 08:40   #1
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OpenCPN development preview

Hello all...
The development team is fairly active now, working with bugs and new feature integrations in preparation for the next official release of OCPN.
For those "heat seekers" who would like to preview the coming attractions, we are now publishing automatic builds from the current github master branch. A couple of points to note:


1. The builds are available here:
https://cloudsmith.io/~david-register/repos/opencpn-unstable/packages
Note the key word there: "unstable"
2. These builds are not supported on this Forum. Issues and discussion may be posted on the github account:
https://github.com/OpenCPN/OpenCPN
Use the "Issues" tab to enter new items, and follow along with the developer discussion. Don't be shy. No question is too silly.

3. And a reminder. These builds are "sandbox" quality, and not widely tested. Probably should not be used for critical daily navigation, just yet.


Thanks, and good luck
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Old 19-12-2019, 09:11   #2
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Hi Dave,


can you explain, what should the users of bionic based distributions use? Not to mention next TLS "focal"?

What are the consequences of new plugin manager? How will users install the plugins in the near future? Via package manager from operating system or via internal plugin manager.
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Old 19-12-2019, 09:22   #3
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"What are the consequences of new plugin manager? How will users install the plugins in the near future? Via package manager from operating system or via internal plugin manager."

The new plugin manager is a work in process. Initially, the user model will be a hybrid. Some plugins, mostly the modern ones, will participate in the new scheme. Others, mostly older ones, will continue to use the "legacy" method of installation and updating.
The simple rule will be: "if the plugin is supported by the new method, use that method. You will get the latest and greatest. Otherwise, use the legacy method." The UI will help users to understand what plugins are installed by which method, as it evolves.


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Old 19-12-2019, 11:19   #4
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Hi Dave, how do you adjust the size of soundings figure in this version?
If you use the scale `chart object scale factor`you also change the size of the icon for tides and becomes too big. I am using s57 charts.
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"These builds are not supported on this Forum. Issues and discussion may be posted on the github account"
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Old 20-12-2019, 10:27   #6
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Re: OpenCPN development preview

OK, looking for bugs is one thing. But what new features are we looking for?
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OK, looking for bugs is one thing. But what new features are we looking for?
Hopefully bugfixes only which are strongly asked for.
Features like a new plugins installer are not needed.
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Old 22-12-2019, 21:22   #8
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Hi Dave,

I am glad that you a ramping up work for a future update to this excellent program. I hope that you are able to address the two issues that I pointed out. The first, FS#2581 - Restore route "step through" capability in v5.0 as it was in prior version, is documented in Flyspray and has received 12 votes:

https://opencpn.org/flyspray/index.p...s&task_id=2581

The second was described in some prior messages. I can create a Flyspray entry for this if it helps for tracking - just let me know. This one is particularly important to me, because when in course up mode it required me to repeatedly turn off lookahead mode to re-center the "own ship" icon, then turn it on again. The frequent need for screen taps on my tablet made the feature pretty much unusable. Please see this description, and subsequent replies:

http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/...ml#post2955674

Thanks all, and have a great holiday season! I hope that most of you are safely tucked away in the tropics while we Chesapeake Bay sailors are freezing our butts off with our boats on the hard.
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Is there any reason not to include an ARM64 build for the coming release?

With the RPI4 (and many alternatives) building the 64-bit version seems more appropriate to me. As for code changes, I think it is all already there since Android probably uses the same code.

Currently my system is running a recent 5.0.522 github-version, but it would be nice if I did not have to depend on github for a stable system (ARM64 A5x and A7x cores, 4GB). The only dealbreaking problems I face would be the oesENC-plugin since most other plugins work for me.
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Is there any reason not to include an ARM64 build for the coming release?

With the RPI4 (and many alternatives) building the 64-bit version seems more appropriate to me. As for code changes, I think it is all already there since Android probably uses the same code.

Currently my system is running a recent 5.0.522 github-version, but it would be nice if I did not have to depend on github for a stable system (ARM64 A5x and A7x cores, 4GB). The only dealbreaking problems I face would be the oesENC-plugin since most other plugins work for me.
According to the documentation on installation Buster is already supported in the PPAs. Does this not work for RPi4?
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Hopefully bugfixes only which are strongly asked for.
Features like a new plugins installer are not needed.
What username are you using in the bug tracker? I could not find any bugs reported by CarCode.
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According to the documentation on installation Buster is already supported in the PPAs. Does this not work for RPi4?
The latest versions with Signalk support works very well. But I have only one system left with Xenial.

The other ones, including the RPI's, are running on Bionic and Buster.

Tried to compile versions for these OS's failed. Compiler not found. Missing files etc.

Via the OpenPlotter additions I have now running a SignalK server on a Mint 64 bits system.


See image of Linux Mint 64


What a progress has been made !


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According to the documentation on installation Buster is already supported in the PPAs. Does this not work for RPi4?
I'm afraid my post is becoming rather a lot off-topic, since the topic is a preview for AMD64. My excuses, I'll keep it as short as possible. I might have to start a nw topic...

I checked out the binary in the bdbcat repository.
Same problem as with the github version, total freeze after selecting oesenc.
(oesenc does have the problem of the missing sglock library for ARM64, but that is outside the scope op opencpn devs).
All other plugins I checked worked.

I also checked if it was possible to install the ARMHF version (by forcing arch=armhf since you mentioned it).
A lot of armhf binaries need to be installed to run opencpn (a pain, but business as usual), but installing the ARMHF version fails in a circular dependency problem on OpenCPN:
Code:
The following packages have unmet dependencies:
  opencpn:armhf : Depends: opencpn-tcdata:armhf but it is not installable
                  Depends: opencpn-gshhs-low:armhf but it is not installable
  opencpn-gshhs-low : Depends: opencpn but it is not installable 
  opencpn-tcdata : Depends: opencpn but it is not installable
Tested on both Odroid N2 and PinePro64. My favorite (the Odroid) has no armhf distribution.

The bdbcat and the standard opencpn PPA's fail in the same way.
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We need to makes tcdata and gshhs “optional”. They are not mandatory to running the program. It will run if they are not present.
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Hi Dave,


just started the latest Bionic Linux AMD64 version of OpenCPN with the SignalK input.



Works great. The SignalK server is allready running on the same system with the OpenPlotter options.



What start on the first day of 2020 !



Thanks for all the developments. Wishing you a Happy 2020.


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