[sword-devel] Modules Don't Work

Troy A. Griffitts scribe at crosswire.org
Sun Aug 31 01:13:42 MST 2014

Dear Isaac,

While your information is not inaccurate, it can be quite confusing.

SWORD, by default, configures itself to save global modules under 

Your instructions are not what must be done, as you have said "you will 
have to..."  Your configuration is a choice to install modules privately 
only for a single user account.  The default configuration also supports 
this, as SWORD will first look at the global path (/usr/share/sword/) 
and then ~/.sword/ and augment modules found there as well.

While installmgr previously did not output proper errors when it could 
not write to the output path, this is no longer the case for a while now.

Your information might be helpful, but I hope next time you might 
preface it with a clause something like: "I find that the default 
configuration to store files globally is more trouble than it is worth.  
I have change my configuration to always install modules to my single 
user home directory."


On 08/29/2014 05:51 PM, Isaac Dunham wrote:
> Hello Jon,
> I've run into issues with installmgr not working as documented previously;
> here's some notes:
> 1. If you used sudo, be sure to "sudo rm -r ~/.sword" before trying to
> set things up.
> Otherwise, you may be dealing with read-only config files and install paths.
> 2. Before installing anything, you will have to create
> ~/.sword/sword.conf containing this:
> ===
> DataPath=/home/<username>/.sword
> ===
> where <username> stands for your login name.
> A shortcut in the console:
> mkdir ~/.sword && \
> printf "[INSTALL]\nDataPath=$HOME/.sword\n" >~/.sword/sword.conf
> This can be done after syncing the repositories if you prefer.
> You may wish to check if /etc/sword.conf contains anything beyond
> a similar directive.
> 3. installmgr will report success when it didn't succeed due to read-only
> DataPath.
> To check whether the modules are installed, I suggest:
> diatheke -b system -k modulelist
> Hope this helps you,
> Isaac Dunham
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