[Ifeffit] Demeter 0.9.23 in multi-user environments

Bruce Ravel bravel at bnl.gov
Mon Oct 19 08:13:53 CDT 2015

On 10/19/2015 08:34 AM, Godfrey, Ian wrote:
> Hi All,
> I’m trying to install Demeter 0.9.23 on a Win 8.1 Pro x64 machine with
> two user accounts set up. Both user accounts on this PC need to use
> Demeter. Unfortunately the latest version of Demeter installs into a
> user specific folder, which creates two problems:
> 1)Users do not seem to have access to each other’s folders to run Demeter
> 2)The shortcuts (start menu/desktop) only get installed/updated for the
> installing user
> Compounding this issue the installer automatically removes any existing
> installation at installation, so you can’t simply install it twice.

In 0.9.23, there are changes to how environment variables get set which 
are specifically to make it easier for a user without admin privilege to 
get Demeter installed sensibly.

That said, I should think that you could install the package as an admin 
to a system folder (rather than the default location, which is now in 
%APPDATA%).  You might then need to recreate the desktop icons by hand 
for each user, but it should then be available to any user.

I am happy to consider any changes you suggest either to the .bat files 
that run the programs or to the Inno configuration file that creates the 
installer.  Or anything else that makes this easier for you.  But I 
should mention that I am very busy in the coming weeks, so I'm not going 
to have much time for a while to work on this myself.

> Ps. Any update on this message:
> http://millenia.cars.aps.anl.gov/pipermail/ifeffit/2015-August/012662.html ?

Umm... no.  Thanks for the reminder.


  Bruce Ravel  ------------------------------------ bravel at bnl.gov

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