On Fri, 19 Sep 2008 18:48:59 +0200
Pascal [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
Hi, freenet is a nice piece of software, the new installer is really
easy to use, but it tells nothing about whats going on.
yes it does. Had you read the text that appeared on each step of the wizard
instead of clicking your way straight to 'finish', you would have noticed that
plugins, autoupgdate and yes, autostart, are enabled by default but can be
disabled during the install process by simply unchecking some checkbox.
freenet with the run.sh script,
No you didnt. You probably installed the node with the new_installer.jar
The run.sh script is to start the node with the wrapper.
and after a restart of my old notebook
with 256 MB RAM installed I wondered why there was a java process,
eating all the memory.
What you mean 'eating all the memory'? If you gave your node a max allowed
memory of 256 MB it will try to use that much (and probably cause a crash, on
an old laptop with only 265MB of RAM) You were prompted to choose how much
memory you wanted to allow your node to use during the first-time wizard. With
a 265MB system you probably want to set your node to use 128MB max. You can
still change the settings you chose during the first-time wizard: go to the
configuration page, scroll down, read what the settings do and change what you
need to change.
You may also re-run the wizard visiting http://127.0.0.1:/wizard
I found that the installer of freenet on Linux installs a cronjob every
time I start the node without questioning.
The installer did ask you whether or not you wanted to install the cron job.
There's a checkbox marked 'autostart' or something similar. Once again, you
should read therough the install process, not just click away.
Anyhow, I guess the cron job can be removed.
Since the freenet software
uses a lot of system resources, this should be optional.
The checkbox is checked by default because Freenet should run as much as
possible, possibly 24/7.
If your idea of freenet is 'start freenet-browse freesites-shut down freenet',
you may as well give it up right away: it won't work that way. Freenet needs to
You may want to shut it down when you really need the resources for something
else but as soon as you're done you should restart it. The more it stays up the
better it will work.
Moreover, I think, it is not a nice behaviour for an application to
install autostart procedures without asking or even telling the user.
It does ask, it does tell.
The checkboxs are checked by default but you can uncheck them.
Next time you install a program, read the text that appears one each page of
the installer, look at the options that are given to you, choose what you want,
and THEN lcick 'next'.
The user is in full control during the install process, you just failed to
notice. You can blame it on our developers if you don't even bother checking
out what your options are.
Your point about giving the user control during the install process was
discussed long ago and the developers did a good job: now the user IS in
Well, actually, the user was already in control; the difference is that now
just about any user is in control no matter how computer illiterate s/he is:
the new installer give you all the options with checkboxes and all you have to
do is to read what each checkbox does and then check/uncheck according to your
What do you expect?
A mind-reading installer that knows what the user wants and automatically
chooses what to install and how? I'm afraid you'll have to wait a bit more for
that; in the meantime you can READ the options that the current installer gives
you. Really. You can even choose the language they're displayed in.
There should be at least a note in the INSTALL info file.
Write a new version of the INSTALL file and post it to the dvelopment list
If it's good it will be used.
Thx for the input, hope my answer helped
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