[GRASS-dev] Making start of GRASS GIS easier for newcomers

Rainer M Krug Rainer at krugs.de
Fri Jan 30 02:19:47 PST 2015

Yann Chemin <ychemin at gmail.com> writes:

> +1 for a button, but I am not sure sure a data download is that
> necessary...

I think a download button would be useful as the demo location should be
in the home directory so that the user can play with it.

The disadvantage would be that the user has to be online for this. A
compromise could be to have

a) an archived location in package form, so that the archive is
   installed but not the location. This would be an optional package.

b) A button which, depending on whether the grass-demodata package has been
   installed, extracts the archived location into the home directory or,
   if it has not been installed, suggests to download it.



> The button might just be a script creating a (several?) empty Location(s?)
> in a directory that the user can choose.

> On 30 January 2015 at 15:20, Moritz Lennert <mlennert at club.worldonline.be>
> wrote:
>> On 29/01/15 17:43, Vaclav Petras wrote:
>>> On the MS Windows installer takes care of that by copying demo Location
>>> to newly created grassdata dir in Documents and creating the rc file. Is
>>> this enough? If not why? And do we want to do something similar for
>>> cases when installation is not done by GRASS GIS? If startup detects no
>>> grassdata it could just create the dir and copy the demo Location there,
>>> so the only thing needed is to press Start button.
>> Don't forget that in many GNU/Linux distributions data is separated from
>> applications in the packaging. So, either we have to tell users to install
>> a specific data package (e.g. grass-demodata) or the startup screen needs a
>> button: "Download and unpack demo data".
>> Moritz
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Rainer M. Krug
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