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Orca Portable

Posted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 12:06 pm
by kudos
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Steps to create a portable version of Orca Browser:

Extract contents of the setup file to a folder (ie C:\ORCA) - I recommend using the 7-zip file manager
Move all of the folders within $_OUTDIR to the main Orca folder
Create an empty folder named .default (don't forget the dot at the front!)

You should end up with a structure like this:

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Directory of C:\Orca

<DIR>          .
<DIR>          ..
<DIR>          .default
<DIR>          chrome
<DIR>          components
<DIR>          defaults
<DIR>          dictionaries
<DIR>          extensions
<DIR>          greprefs
<DIR>          Lang
<DIR>          modules
<DIR>          plugins
<DIR>          res
<DIR>          searchplugins
        11,776 AccessibleMarshal.dll
         2,035 application.ini
         1,561 blocklist.xml
           119 browserconfig.properties
       124,235 default.skn
           115 dependentlibs.list
           478 freebl3.chk
       233,472 freebl3.dll
        23,040 IA2Marshal.dll
       614,400 js3250.dll
         1,058 kpp.wav
        31,393 LICENSE
       704,512 mozcrt19.dll
       228,352 mozx.dll
       192,512 nspr4.dll
       712,704 nss3.dll
       282,624 nssckbi.dll
        98,304 nssdbm3.dll
        81,920 nssutil3.dll
           117 old-homepage-default.properties
     1,435,648 orca.exe
            48 platform.ini
        14,848 plc4.dll
        11,776 plds4.dll
           181 README.txt
        87,552 SetDefault.exe
        98,304 smime3.dll
           478 softokn3.chk
       151,552 softokn3.dll
       405,504 sqlite3.dll
       131,072 ssl3.dll
       249,856 updater.exe
           862 updater.ini
        11,776 xpcom.dll
     9,003,008 xul.dll
              35 File(s)     14,947,192 bytes
              14 Dir(s)
You now have a portable version of Orca that you can run from a USB drive, shared folder, etc.

There is only one additional thing to do - the file mozx.dll needs to be registered on the computer running Orca. This is simply done by entering the following command:

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regsvr32 mozx.dll
You could create to batch file to automate this:

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regsvr32 /s mozx.dll
orca.exe
regsvr32 /u /s mozx.dll
The only problem is that you may need admin rights on the computer in order to register the file. If anyone has any workaround then please let me know.

DID YOU KNOW that Avant and Orca share the same configuration file format? You could use all of your Avant settings, bookmarks, etc in Orca just by copying the .default folder from Avant to Orca! Better still, if you use both browsers regularly (as I do) then you could merge the Avant and Orca folders into one and use the same configuration between browsers (just decide which res\logo.jpg splash image that you would like to see).

Hope this helps anyone. Thanks to Anderson for his consistency between browsers.

Re: Orca Portable

Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 12:32 am
by MysteryFCM
Stickified! ... and cheers :) (meant to look into this myself a few releases ago and completely forgot)

Re: Orca Portable

Posted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 1:58 am
by statm1
Kudos to you Kudos.. Thanks very much for taking the time to setup a tutorial!

Re: Orca Portable

Posted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 10:56 am
by kudos
Thanks guys.

One more thing about Orca is where it places its cached / temporary files. They get stored in .default\mozdata\

So you have to be careful when running from a USB stick as it may quickly eat up your free space.

You can check this for yourself by typing about:cache in the address bar.


In Firefox you can set the cache folder by changing a setting in either about:cache or the prefs.js file.

The setting name is browser.cache.disk.parent_directory and the value could be set to something like "C:\\ORCA\\CACHE" - I have tried this but Orca refuses to accept it. I think that we may need some feedback from Anderson on this too.

Re: Orca Portable

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2009 11:53 am
by kudos
A download link for Orca Browser Portable:

Orca Browser Portable 1.1rc3

It's a self extracting 7z file just like the Avant one.

I tried adding it to the Wiki, but the page it locked and non-editable.

Re: Orca Portable

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2009 12:14 pm
by MysteryFCM
I'm uploading it to the archives for you :)

/edit

http://avant.it-mate.co.uk/?c=Download& ... Unofficial

Re: Orca Portable

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2009 12:41 pm
by kudos
MysteryFCM wrote:I'm uploading it to the archives for you :)
Thanks!
kudos wrote:One more thing about Orca is where it places its cached / temporary files. They get stored in .default\mozdata\
Looks like this is unchangeable in the portable version - standard version works just fine.

Re: Orca Portable

Posted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 10:52 am
by kudos
kudos wrote:
kudos wrote:One more thing about Orca is where it places its cached / temporary files. They get stored in .default\mozdata\
Looks like this is unchangeable in the portable version - standard version works just fine.
Looks like this was fixed in 1.1 RC3 and I am now able to store the cache my defined temp folder.
The setting change for browser.cache.disk.parent_directory as described previously now works.