Frequently asked questions about GCstar and its usage.

Why some import/export modules are not in the corresponding menus?

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Import and export modules may use some Perl (language used to create GCstar) components that are not available on any systems. To avoid blocking users that won't need these modules, GCstar can be installed without them, but the modules will be deactivated and won't appear inside the Import and Export sub-menus of the File menu.

If you want to know which are the missing Perl components, use the Dependencies item in the Help menu.

A window will then be displayed showing all the needed components. If they are missing, right part of the list will contain all the modules that use them. So the modulees that are shown here, are the ones that are deactivated.

Refer to you operating system documentation to know how to install these Perl components. Then GCstar has only to be quitted and launched again. The module will be available after this operation.

How may I share a collection between networked machines?

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This may also be used to share a collection between many operating systems on the same machine.

First the list has to be saved in a directory accessible to both machines. This could be an NFS mount or a Samba share. To do so, select Save As item in File menu and save the collection in the selected directory.

Then pictures need also to be stored in this directory. Go into Preferences, Paths tab and fill in Images directory field. Select a directory which is a sub-directory of the previous one. If it doesn't exist, GCstar will create it for you.

In the same tab, check in also the option named Use relative paths for images.

How may I use my collection on another machine?

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You first need to export your collection in a compressed format that will contain the items list and also the images. This could be done using the .tar.gz item in the File menu, Export sub-menu.

In opened window, select the place to save your file (e.g. on a USB key). If the file name doesn't end up with .tar.gz, it will be added automatically by GCstar. You may then validate.

The file could then be brought on the destination machine. On this one, in GCstar select the .tar.gz item in the File menu, Import sub-menu.

A window is shown where you can select the file to be imported (the .tar.gz one you copied earlier). The collection will be displayed in GCstar. You have then to save it somewhere on the new machine using Save As item in File menu.

What should I do if the Windows version doesn't work after the installation?

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If you installed ActiveState Perl through the installation program, you may have some problems. The registry is sometimes not updated between this installation and the time when GCstar's installation program install some needed plugins.

A workaround is to restart the PC after this installation without uninstalling ActiveState Perl. Then, launch again the GCstar's installation. Everything should work right after.

Should you have a problem using GCstar, you can open a bug report or request some support on GCstar forums.