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Bible Analyzer 4.9 Beta (Linux)

Posted: Tue Jun 17, 2014 1:38 pm
by Tim
I just uploaded a beta of 4.9 for Linux. It has been tested on Linux Mint 15 and seems to work well there. There are some changes from the previous Linux editions of Bible Analyzer.

Past Permissions Issues

As some of you who follow this forum know, Linux permissions have been a pain. Not only to me but to many users who don't understand them. The main issue since 4.7 has been the generation of indexes within many of the modules. Since the modules have been in the protected /opt folder anytime an index was generated root permission was required. Now with the Download Manager, if a user wanted to download a title, root permissions were required to install the file. This is an added burden plus it scares some people. I would get emails from people, "Why do I need to enter my password...?" "This is dangerous...." I would reply "You have to enter your password when you install an app don't you? Now you are just installing some more files."

Anyway, I decided, for good or bad, to place all the modules in the user's /Documents folder. Some developers place files such as this in the hidden .config folder, but I wanted to give users easy access to them. This also avoids the permissions issues, but it does have some drawbacks:

* The app must still be installed in the protected /opt folder for the Software Center
* If the modules are in a user folder, another user will have access to the BA app but not the modules thus BA won't start.

How I dealt with these matters:

I placed all the included modules in a zip archive that will install in the /opt folder with the BA app. When BA is first run after installation, it will look for a /Documents/BibleAnalyzer/Modules folder and if found try to start. If the folder is not found it will create one and populate it with all the standard installation titles in their designated folders. If the /Documents/BibleAnalyzer folder is deleted, Bible Analyzer will just regenerate a new one on next start. This will allow any user to have their own set of modules.

The only downside I see is the compressed module archive is stored in the /opt folder, but it is only around 8MB and should not be much of an issue.

If this arrangement causes issues or I have missed something, let me know. But I think it is the best compromise. No more passwords and each user has their own set of modules without having to reinstall.

Also, this version has an option to add another path to a module location somewhere else, such as another drive or thumbdrive. See Options I.

Here is the link, ... -2_all.deb

Re: Bible Analyzer 4.9 Beta (Linux)

Posted: Thu Jun 19, 2014 10:03 am
by nymusicman
For Ubuntu 14.04 please add the package python-pil to the deb depedency list.


Re: Bible Analyzer 4.9 Beta (Linux)

Posted: Thu Jun 19, 2014 4:11 pm
by Tim
Yes, that needs added.

Re: Bible Analyzer 4.9 Beta (Linux)

Posted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 1:10 pm
by nymusicman
So the software kept crashing when trying to install the Clarence Larkin Bundle.

And after some debugging I found out that the folder created was the

'text/images' folder instead of


With Linux being case sensitive the module couldn't find the 'text/Images' folder and crashed.

After renaming with the appropriate capital 'I' all seems to be going well!

Re: Bible Analyzer 4.9 Beta (Linux)

Posted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 8:54 pm
by rob4Christ
Looking good so far..

No sign ins, sync worked, image viewer bug fixed, and just seems
to work better and faster..

Thanks Tim, and God Bless

Rob V.

Re: Bible Analyzer 4.9 Beta (Linux)

Posted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 9:54 pm
by Tim

There are a couple issues, the Bible paragraph view doesn't always work and as mentioned need to add PIL to the dependencies. Will try to have a new beta before long.

Re: Bible Analyzer 4.9 Beta (Linux)

Posted: Thu Jun 26, 2014 11:37 am
by Tim
We uploaded a new beta ( Same link as before.

This fixes,

* Paragraph View
* python-imaging dependency
* User Manual now updated and accessible
* Quick Entry "Suggestion Box" now shows words sorted by frequency as well as references.

Let me know if any issues.

Re: Bible Analyzer 4.9 Beta (Linux)

Posted: Tue Jul 01, 2014 1:09 pm
by MPaul
I installed as an upgrade through the Software Center. It seems to be working well. However, in 4.8, I could not get the program to restart with the last page of the prior session in order to create a default. This is true in 4.9 as well. Further, there is a blue panel to the right with Bible Themes etc. that never goes away. It just is stubborn. I can live with it. My preference with start up is just a Bible screen with the AV and the Bible tree. But the start up screen is not all that important. I'll look at other stuff later, but it looks alright so far.

Re: Bible Analyzer 4.9 Beta (Linux)

Posted: Tue Jul 01, 2014 1:44 pm
by Tim
Can you send me a screenshot of what you are seeing?

Re: Bible Analyzer 4.9 Beta (Linux)

Posted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 12:20 pm
by MPaul
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