I can confirm that many users would appreciate the possibility to run
several precompiled versions. It has come up in the user forums. Using a
virtual machine for that purpose has been suggested as a solution, but it's
not very convenient.
One possible problem is the configuration compatibility. It might be a good
idea to have a command line switch to use a different configuration
files/directories so that the installations could be completely
independent. Also the env variables may be a problem. Maybe they could be
overriden with command line switches, too?
2018-04-04 13:52 GMT+03:00 Jean-Samuel Reynaud <js.reyn...@gmail.com>:
> Dear All,
> Since I provide PPA (daily build for Ubuntu) for KiCad, I receive some
> requests about installing daily build packages in parallel with stable
> With next version (V5) I think it can be useful...
> FreeCad provide this kind of feature and you are able to run both
> version in parallel.
> For testing that I had created a dedicated PPA:
> (to add with sudo add-apt-repository ppa:js-reynaud/kicad-dev-daily)
> Once added, you are able to install a new package "kicad-daily" that
> won't conflict with existing "kicad" packages.
> All files are installed on a separate folder and commands became
> "something-daily". For example kicad-daily or pcbnew-daily...
> So my questions are:
> - Is it usefull ?
> - Is it a bad idea/stupid :( ?
> - If you test it, are you able to find some limitations/bugs ?
> - Perhaps to have is plainly functional some modifications are needed.
> What modifications ?
> For the moment, you can't run in same time two versions (or there are
> some error messages...) anyway both are installed and easily "runnable"...
> Please give your comments, feedbacks...
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