#474 SF guesses my computer type wrongly



When I go to the URL listed, the link at the top, labelled
Looking for the latest version?
points me to the 64-bit version, but my operating system is 32-bit, and when I try to install the 64-bit version of the program, it says I can only install it on a 64-bit system.
Also, the version number is running late (3.4.0 instead of 3.4.1).
I am able to browse to the 3.4.1 folder and find the appropriate file to download, but the quick link at the top of the page gets it wrong.

I logged an item at the Gramps bug tracker and PaulFranklin (developer) wrote back:

Yes. While I don't know how it works myself, I have seen
others comment that the SourceForge site tries to determine
what type of machine you have, apparently based on the
browser you use to come in to it. Sometimes it's wrong.

I've just discovered a complication -- According to My Computer->Properties,
my Dell Latitude E5400 uses an Intel P8400 processor, which is listed on the web as a 64-bit machine. When I didn't want the standard Vista, Dell supplied 32-bit Win XP SP3.

It seems the SF page looks at my processor type, not my OS type, and points me to a version I can't install.

Can you pls look into how SF makes this decision, and if it can decide on the OS rather than the processor. (I use Google Chrome as my browser.)

Thanks for thinking about this,


Apache Allura: Tickets: #4893


  • Anonymous - 2012-09-10


    We just use the browser's User-Agent to determine the operating system. We don't detect the architecture.

    That said, it definitely seems to be selecting an odd file for Windows users. As such, I'm escalating this to our engineering team here: [allura:tickets:#4893]

    Chris Tsai, SourceForge.net Support



    Apache Allura: Tickets: #4893

  • Anonymous - 2012-09-10
    • labels: --> engr, nf-4893, p3, dir
    • status: unread --> assigned
    • assigned_to: Chris Tsai
  • Anonymous - 2014-06-25
    • status: assigned --> fixed
  • Anonymous - 2014-06-25

    This issue was never directly addressed, but the file selection in windows appears to be a sane selection now.

    Chris Tsai, SourceForge.net Support


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