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The Release numbers are actually dates yy.mm.dd.hr Each release has a full Change log... accessed by Help->History With the 17.01.xx.xx relases we have a slight change in the MS windows install using the *.msi file (see below). This is info on installing filerunner. FILERUNNER installation ======================= There are sevaral ways to install "filerunner". The way you use will depend on, first your system, and second, if you plan to make changes or modify "filerunner". Below you will find sections on each system and, following that a section on setting up to modify the code. Installation on Linux systems using rpm or deb package files. ============================================================= For these systems down load the *.rpm or the *.deb file. Cd to the directory you downloaded the file to. For systems using the rpm package managment system enter: sudo dnf install *.rpm (If you have more than one *.rpm in this directory, you may need a more complete file name.) For systems using the deb package manager enter: sudo dpkg -i *.deb (If you have more than one *.deb in this directory, you may need a more complete file name.) If you get a message saying there are missing dependencies do this: sudo apt-get install -f Thats it. You are ready to start filerunner by entering: fr Or you should be able to find "fr" in your system menues. Installation on Linux or Unix systems which don't use rpm or deb package files. =============================================================================== Filerunner uses the tcl/tk scripting language. You must have tcl/tk on the system (see "Required and optional packages" below). Also, it is recommended that you read the section (Icons & desktop issues) below prior to running the INSTALL program. Once you have tcl and tk download the *.tar.gz file to a local directory (i.e. one in your home tree). Cd to that local directory and enter the command: tar xfBpz *.tar.gz (If you have more than one *.tar.gz in this directory, you may need a more complete file name.) This will create a new directory tree. Now: cd filerunner/Makefiles To install filerunner in your HOME directory tree enter (The INSTALL program is written in tcl/tk which is why you should download and install tcl/tk first): ./INSTALL (This is a program the package you just uparchived, NOT the system install) To install filerunner in the system wide space (/usr/share/...) enter: sudo ./INSTALL Thats it. You are ready to start filerunner by entering: fr Or, you should be able to find "fr" in your system menues. Installation Mac systems. ========================= To the best of my knowledge filerunner will run on Mac systems. First you must have tcl/tk on the system (see "Required and optional packages" below). Download the current *.tar.gz file to a convenient place on your system, then: Cd to that convenient place and enter the command: tar xfBpz *.tar.gz (If you have more than one *.tar.gz in this directory, you may need a more complete file name.) The exectuable file is .../filerunner/fr This all I know about the Mac install. If you can help me fill out the following steps please contact me at the address below. Installation on MS Windows systems using *.exe downloads. ========================================================= Download either the *32.exe or the *64.exe file depending on if your system is 32-bit or 64-bit. Either put this file on your desktop or put a link to it on your desktop. You may want to rename the file to "fr.exe". Thats it. You are ready to start filerunner by clicking on the desktop icon. Installation on MS Windows systems using *.msi download. ========================================================= The *.msi file is a Micro Soft Install file. Filerunner uses the tcl/tk scripting language. You must have tcl/tk on the system (see "Required and optional packages" below). As of the release 17.01.**.** and beyond it is HIGHLY recommended that you associate *.tcl files with the program tclsh. While filerunner will come up and run if you associate *.tcl files with the program wish, it will fail to properly build pipes which are required to complete commands in the command windows (and else where). The result is that command out put is sent to a new window which often disappears before you can see it. To install filerunner from the msi file, find it with the "File Explorer" program and right click on the file. Select the install option. The *.msi install option provides a desktop icon and a run meue entry. Installation to "work" on filerunner (or use some of its code for your project(s). ================================================================================== Usually but not required you may want to do the appropiate install from the above list as well. You will need tcl/tk on your system (see "Required and optional packages" below). Download the *.tar.gz file and put it in a convenient place on your system. Cd to that convenient place and enter the command: tar xfBpz *.tar.gz (If you have more than one *.tar.gz in this directory, you may need a more complete file name.) You can run filerunner from here by entering: ./filerunner/fr at a command prompt. If this is the only "fr" on your system you may want to put a soft link to .../filerunner/fr in your PATH (I use ~/bin). This filerunner will use the same configure file that the installed version uses until its revision code changes. The official revision code is generated by the .../filerunner/Makefiles/makerevision script. Required and optional packages ============================== Filerunner is written in the tcl/tk scripting language which must be installed on your system. If you are using the *.rpm or *.deb install the installer should insure that they are available. If you are useing the *.exe (MS Windows) install the *.exe contains the required tcl/tk code. For other installs you can check that these are both available by entering: wish from a command (cmd) prompt. If you get a small window, you have the required packages. To dismiss wish either enter: exit or click the "X" in the small window frame. If you need Tcl or Tk and they are not provided by your systems distro this site will help you obtain them: https://www.tcl.tk/software/tcltk/ For MS Windows I recommend the Active State install unless you are already using cygwin. For MS Windows I recommend the Active State install unless you are already using cygwin. Other things you might want: To use the Secure FTP feature you will need to have both Expect and sftp on your system. Expect if not available from your distro, is available here: https://sourceforge.net/projects/expect/files/Expect/ sftp should be in one of the vendor packages for your system. On Fedora it is in the openssh-clients rpm. Icons & desktop issues: ======================= There is an INSTALL file in <directory>/filerunner/Makefiles (called INSTALL, imagine that!) that you can run to install filerunner most anywhere on your system. The INSTALL script behaves differently depending on if the runner has root access or not. Before you run INSTALL as root run 'INSTALL -help' to get a list of options and how you may provide them (commandline or env). The INSTALL file attempts to install the various bits and pieces of filerunner to the proper directories, however, your distro may have other conventions. You may introduce these conventions to INSTALL when you run INSTALL or even after it is running (if Tk is installed there is a gui interface to help here). (Tk is not required, but is used if INSTALL is run in a user environment or the gui is requested on the command line.) A request: If your distro puts things in different directories could you send me a note describing this to me (email address at end of this document)? A simple way to do this is to just send a copy of the 'uninstall' file that INSTALL puts in the CODE directory. Why INSTALL? ============ INSTALL sets up filerunner icons and a desktop file. This allows filerunner to be easily found in the system menus and allows you to easily set it up as your default handler for inode events (such as plugging in a memory stick or camera memory). Note that the INSTALL file allows you to install just the icons and desktop files, leaving the code in place. This is a useful way to install if you are going to work on the code. In addition INSTALL manages keeping filerunner appraised of the location of its 'doc' files and of a system wide configure file. System wide config file: ======================== The RPM, DEB and root INSTALL code sets up a system wide configure file for filerunner. The default location of this file is: /usr/share/config/filerunnerrc if a root (or RPM/DEB) install and ~/.local/share/config/filerunnerrc if a user install This file is created if it does not exist, but is not touched if it does, thus it survives updates. Sources: ======== The fr-*.tar.gz file is the complete source including several tools and scripts to build all the release files. The RPM source file is just this file packaged as an RPM. And, if you want to modify the code, a decent editor is helpful. This file is also available as the 'Installation' file under the help menu. (C) 2017 Tom Turkey (C) 1996-1999 Henrik Harmsen FileRunner is a file manager for Unix. It is simple and efficient and has a built-in FTP client. It also does a reasonable (and improving) job on Windows systems. FEATURES ======== * Simple and powerful interface. * History and Hotlist (bookmarks). * Recursive directory menu of entire file system tree (not supported in windows). * Browse FTP and SFTP directories as easy as normal directories. * FTP & SFTP capabilities: - Copy: FTP files/directories upload/download (recursive). - FTP/SFTP Delete (recursive), FTP/SFTP Makedir, FTP/SFTP Rename. - FTP/SFTP chmod (if server supports it) - Supports FTP through proxy. - FTP resume download function. - Rule based configuration of FTP/SFTP site logins (password/user/proxy). - Asynchronous file transfer. - Cached directory listings. * Asynchronous file operations. * Built-in command shell windows. Synchronized with file panels. These have history, aliases and file name completion. * Extendable by adding your own command buttons. * Very configurable. * User defined file pattern / actions. (*.jpg -> launch image viewer etc.) * Distributed under the GNU General Public License. REQUIREMENTS ============ * A standard Unix platform or Windows NT or later. * Tcl/Tk 8.5.7 or later. FileRunner does not require rebuilding the wish binary. It is pure Tcl/Tk and uses some helper programs as available on the host. These functions are configured by default and the user as needed. Requirement to use the Secure Ftp (SFTP) option. For non-windows platforms: You must have the Expect tcl package and sftp installed on your system. Expect is available here: https://sourceforge.net/projects/expect/files/Expect/ sftp should be in your standard distro. In Fedora 16 it is in the openssh-clients rpm. For windows platforms: At this time we only support SFTP on windows if you set up the ssh password exchange to use an un protected private key (i.e. no passphrase) and have your public key already on the host. We do not support supplying the password or passphrase through the windows .exe file because, without the Expect package, which is not in the code we use to build the .exe file, filerunner can not pass either the password or the passphrase to the sftp program. This restriction is modified in that you may use a passphrase if you install Tcl/Tk and either use the filerunner.tar.gz file or filerunner.msi to install filerunner. In this case you will also need to make sure the Expect package is available. At this point in time the Expect site recommends ActiveState for this package (and it comes with the ActiveState Tcl/Tk install. Still, for reasons I have not been able to understand, even this package will not properly pass the password that you would need if you did not set up a public/private key with the host. Regardless of how you install filerunner (.exe, .msi or he tar.gz) you will need an sftp server. We ave only tested the PSFTP.EXE program from the PUTTY package which you may download from here: http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/download.html You need to make sure your PATH enviornment variable contains the path to SFTP.EXE. COMPATIBLE PLATFORMS ==================== FileRunner has been verified to work on: - Linux - Windows XP or later Past versions have worked on (but the current version is not tested on): - SunOS 4.x - Solaris 2.x - Irix 5.x - UnixWare 2.x - HP-UX - Dec Alpha OSF (Digital Unix) - FreeBSD - SCO OpenServer - AIX - NetBSD WHERE TO GET FILERUNNER ======================= Use this site: http://sourceforge.net/projects/filerunner/files/ WHERE TO GET TCL/TK =================== First try your distro then please see the web page at http://www.tcl.tk/software/tcltk/ or http://www.activestate.com/activetcl COMMON PROBLEMS =============== See the FAQ-file in the installation. Please also see chapter 13 in the online guide. KNOWN BUGS ========== Please see the file KnownBugs.txt. E-MAIL LIST WITH ANNOUNCEMENTS ============================== You can signup at at the filerunner sourceforge site to get on the FileRunner announcement mailing list. FILERUNNER IS OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE ================================== FileRunner is Open Source software and is distributed under the GNU General Public License. If you like it, send me a cool postcard so I can fill the front of my fridge :-) See the end of the User's Guide for my address. FileRunner is Copyright (C) 1996-1999 Henrik Harmsen. FileRunner is Copyright (C) 2010-2017 Tom Turkey. Henrik Harmsen (the orgional author seems to have disappeared). Email: tom@wildturkeyranch.net For more contact info see online guide.
Source: README.txt, updated 2017-03-04

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