[SailfishDevel] How to install user (controlled) data files for my app avoiding /usr/share

Reto Zingg reto.zingg at jolla.com
Thu Jan 9 16:02:51 UTC 2014


On 09.01.2014 12:25, Wim de Vries wrote:
> Thanks.
> On 01/09/2014 09:36 AM, Luciano Montanaro wrote:
>> Maybe make the application download the map on the first run?
> mm..
> I cannot afford time/money for a server + support.

if the data is 'free' (in the sense you don't want to specially protect 
them) you could place it on e.g. http://sourceforge.net/ for download? 
Or do they have now a days some limits (size, per/day/month) or so?

Or some git hoster, like github, gitorious, code.google.com etc... guess 
also needs some check that it's not abusive...


> Only support for the app.
> On the long term, users themselves may set up sth to share maps.
>> But you must be able to provide the maps on a server in this case.
>> The additional benefit is that the user can skip downloading the data
>> if he knows it will not use it.
> Never the case in first use. Only after some time of usage.
>> Luciano
>> On Thu, Jan 9, 2014 at 9:05 AM, Wim de Vries <wsvries at xs4all.nl> wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> I am converting my aircraft navigation app to Sailfish.
>>> It comes (default) with OpenStreet based maps + 3D data files of Western
>>> Europe (in RPM).
>>> Most users will use this map, but some users may use their home made
>>> maps
>>> (generated by a PC application).
>>> In the latter case, the users will delete this W-Europe map (it takes up
>>> quite some disk space).
>>> So far so good, but the installation/RPM is a problem:
>>> Harbour says that I should install the app data (very much bytes for the
>>> W-Eu map) in /usr/share/$NAME and in the first run of the app, copy
>>> them to
>>> But  now I am stuck with an enormous amount of (useless) data in
>>> /usr/share/$NAME that cannot be removed.
>>> Any suggestions?
>>> Thanks.
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