[Bf-funboard] Blender-upgrader

Patrik Andersson patrik.andersson.se at gmail.com
Mon Mar 11 18:40:57 CET 2013

Thanks Campbell for your response, I agree to those problem you arise and you are right it might add more bugs to the bugtracker and can distract the development of blender as a 3D-program. In the same time it can be easier for person to download and try out the release candidates, and add more bugs to the tracker in that way. It would not directly improve blender as a 3D-program, but it will improve it as an active developing application. The implementation takes time, and taking a main-developer to do it might cost too much, so maybe it is better to wait for a willing developer which want to work on a such a function mainly for a long time.

Best regards
Patrik Andersson

On Mar 11, 2013, at 3:29 PM, Campbell Barton wrote:

> On Mon, Mar 11, 2013 at 1:19 AM, Nkansah Rexford
> <nkansahrexford at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Yes I also think that will be a good feature. The idea and practice of
>> downloading a anew blender version isnt enjoying.
>> At least clicking on an upgrade button and having the latest build running
>> in some few minutes will be so cool.
>> Rex
>> On Mar 10, 2013 12:09 PM, "Patrik Andersson" <patrik.andersson.se at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>> Hi!
>>> I would like to suggest a blender-installer or a blender upgrade feature.
>>> It could work like this:
>>> When starting blender, most users I guess get the start-up image with
>>> links and last open files etc. Add a release panel in that dialog, which
>>> announce the major releases like release candidates and sharp version or
>>> important bug-fixes. Then it's possible for the user to easily
>>> update/upgrade the blender version, by letting blender installer/upgrade
>>> change current installation of blender to the newer version, and letting
>>> old settings remains without any matters.
>>> The purpose is to initiate the upgrade from blender itself in some way.
>>> What do you say?
>>> Best regards,
>>> Patrik
> This could be convenient, but I worry a bit that this is a
> non-essential feature which just adds more points of failure for
> blender-installation and more corner-cases which Blender devs have to
> debug/troubleshoot when users run into problems...
> - What if user doesnt have permissions to write to directory,
> diskfull, corrupt package etc?
> - What if a download fails halfway through or stalls?
> - What if blender cant connect to the URL, should it fail silently or
> notify the user? (either could be problematic)
> - What if all OS's update but FreeBSD lags behind some days - how do
> we communicate that?
> - What if the update fails to run, would users want an option to roll back?...
> All problems can be solved, or avoided even, but I think we better
> just not attempt to solve this and let users download themselves, or
> use the OS's package manager.
> Maybe Im wrong, but I see these kinds of features as a distraction
> from making better 3D software, though if some developer was around to
> implement and support this - I'd be more accepting of such a feature.
> -- 
> - Campbell
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