[openbeos] Re: on SoftwareValet for OBOS

  • From: François Revol <revol@xxxxxxx>
  • To: openbeos@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2001 13:50:23 +0100 (MET)

Yeah it seems the address is hardcoded:

[revol@patrick /boot/home]$ strings /boot/apps/SoftwareValet |grep depot
Updated versions of SoftwareValet can be found on the BeDepot Web site at 

btw, I never used .pkg things, I usually make a zip file with an INSTALL script
(sometimes an UNINSTALL one when I'm on a good mood), which is basically what a 
.pkg is: it's an archive that is linked to the installer by the mime-type
and when the files have been extracted, a post_install script gets executed (
have a look at /tmp/ when installing a .pkg ), so all the things are automated.

En réponse à Peter Moore <peter@xxxxxxxxx>:

> <SNIP>
> >Sure, the current ones.
> >
> >One thing that I have huge respect for microsoft for is their Windows
> Update 
> >stuff.
> >It seems to work 99% of the time, and when it doesn't, it's only
> difficult 
> to 
> >fix
> >because of the monstrosity of the registry and related bits.
> >
> >(I run windows on half a machine at home, out of 5, so I'm not a
> windows 
> >zealot
> >whatsoever)
> >
> >I have no problems personally with manually installing everything, but
> for 
> >ease of
> >use in the future, it sure would be nice to have something as well
> built as
> >Windows Update, which would include a standardized installer (I'm not
> really 
> >sure
> >what SV does, I haven't touched BeOS very deeply yet).
> >
> i did some analysis on Software Valet a while ago.
> Software Valet attempts to connect to valet.bedepot.com.
> it is expecting to connect to update_response.asp which i can only
> assume 
> validates your softwares' serial number and then, if valid, checks to
> see if 
> your version is current. If your version is older than current it
> initiates 
> an http download of the newer version of the software.
> I think the address of the server (valet.bedepot.com) is hardcoded into
> the 
> app (i've checked the settings files and found nothing) and the only
> option 
> you have for connectivity is to enable a proxy server and port number.
> It used to work fine when bedepot was alive and well and i think if we
> could 
> license the source or write something similar it would be a good idea.
> currently there are a couple of OpenTracker update utilities (GUIs)
> available 
> on BeBits. 
> i would suggest that you contact the author(s) of them and see if we can
> use 
> their code as the basis for such a tool on OBOS.
> cheers
> peter
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