Announcement: MediaPortal svn installer

Starting with the next build on Friday, the 4th April, we will use a new much improved installer script for the nightly svn snapshots. There were heavy changes for the installation routine so that there might still be some issues.

Keep in mind these builds are for testing purposes only and can cause much troubles, so DON'T use if stability is important for you.

The backup feature of the svn installer is rewritten, too. It should also work with Vista machines, now. But please backup you installation directory, the config files and databases by hand before using the installer.

Like always testing is much apreciated, bug reports and improvement suggestions are welcome, but don't moan if it is not working 100%, yet. ;)

Thanks & regards
Team MediaPortal

NSIS installer for nightly TV-Server builds

Since MediaPortal switched to NSIS (Nullsoft Scriptable Install System) with  version RC3 we are quite happy with it. Smile

On Friday, the 21. March we will start to use NSIS for the untested svn builds of the MediaPortal TV-Server as well.

The benefits of NSIS are:
  • The setup.exe from NSIS is about 10 MB smaller then the MSI version
  • Only one setup.exe for TV-Server and TV-Client-Plugin
  • MediaPortal's installation path is detected automatically
  • Existing installations can be "updated" automatically. No need to manually uninstall the old versions first.

You have to uninstall the old .msi based TV-Server and TV-Client-Plugin before you use the new NSIS based setup! If you do not you will certainly run into major problems!

More information about the installation process, registry usage and silent installation can be found in our wiki.

New forum section "MediaPortal Tools"

During some extensive debug sessions the last weeks/months we developed various test/debug tools.
Some of these tools might be also quite interesting for all users, so we decided to create a new forum section called "MediaPortal Tools".
You can find the new forum section as the last one in the hirarchy.
Currently there are 3 tools (TsPacketChecker, MPTail, MPTvClient).
These tools are already in SVN and the sources can be downloaded via the "SVN URL" in every section's "Introduction & Features" sticky thread.

So we hope some of these tools might be of help for you Smile

Please note that improvement suggestions might take some to be implemented and the main focus is on MP I, MP II and TvServer so it's possible that these tools won't make much progress anymore.

About The Project

The vision of the MediaPortal project is to create a free open source media centre application, which supports all advanced media centre functions, and is accessible to all Windows users.

In reaching this goal we are working every day to make sure our software is one of the best.


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