We seem to have quite a few different ideas
being discussed in this thread. I'm starting
to get confused. If you will bear with me
for a moment, I will try to sort them out
before I am lost.
Federico Romano wrote;
Perfect, I love that, it would make calling
blat from command line and batch-files much easier
Why? Could you please explain.
Then we heard from "ykai";
If this is implemented, it would seem
reasonable to expect to allow the usage
of -of also.
Is there something that I am missing here?
No, as far as I can see you are correct.
Chip replied to my initial post with;
is that of having to use hyphens in place
of default values. . .
Hyphens seem to be necessary. I remember the
trouble I had with them at first. Now I
view it as part of the learning curve. It's
a little embarrassing how much of a bother they were.
Chip then said;
Have you seen the many instances where
people run "blat -install" in their
batch file, followed by running Blat
to post a message?
Yes, that is odd.
Then Chip wrote;
Or the seemingly often use of -server
and -f options? I wonder how much of
this is because the user does not really
understand what the -install does.
I doubt there is any way to find out.
I'm sure there are a lot of people that
use Blat with out the need to do a install
at all. Whether this is personnel preference,
a security issue (they don't trust the
registry) or ignorance is difficult to say.
The last comment from Chip;
The last thing we need is to make the
otherwise simple task of installing Blat
I completely agree. That's why I hacked together
NBI. I was hoping a GUI would be of help
to some. Of course it's possible that I have
done nothing more then muddy the waters
Then we heard from Rick Nakroshis;
...I'm going to include a stand alone win 32
version with the next release.
What if there WAS a standalone Blat installer?
Something of a tutorial and installer, built
into one program, since it is the new users that
are having such a problem with this?
There IS a standalone Blat installer. It's
a variation of NBI. I was waiting for the 2.40
version of Blat before I released it. Look for
blat_install_WIN.exe to be released this week.
I would appreciate any comments anyone has
before I finish bolting it together.
As far as a tutorial is concerned the closest
I have is a series of screen shots on the NBI home
page at http://nbi.namtog.com
There is also a crippled interactive demo at
the password is namtog.
When it comes to a Blat command line tutorial
we really should hear what Tim Musson has to say.
Not only because he is the Blat manager, all of the
regulars in this news group are aware of his expertise
in this matter.
Maybe a series of command prompt screen shots is all
that is needed to make life a little easier for the
Blat novice? They could be included it doc folder
on the syntax.html page. I would not mind taking
them, Tim is there a format or standard you prefer?
Ok then. I'm still a little confused, but that
is my natural state. If I missed anything my apology.
Thanks for reading this,