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    The OpenRep software is not OS dependent. It requires Java Runtime Environment or JRE. But recently the software stopped functioning in my machine and I had a tough time to pinpoint the cause. It was due to Java incompatibility by recent updates.

Thanks to Mr Albert Baier of Chicago, US who has come up with a novel method of self contained installation of OpenRep. This method will protect the installation from symbolic links, accidental deletions and java updates. The downside of this method is it consumes more disk space of 240 MB if Java is already installed.

Baier Method of OpenRep Installation

   
    1. Download the self contained OpenRep Collective 32 bit or OpenRep Collective 64 bit for Linux in your home folder
                                           OR
        Download the self contained OpenRep Version2 for Linux
in your home folder

    2. In the downloaded folder of OpenRep, locate the file 'launcher Text'. Edit the content of this file using your text editor. This file contains the cmd line for forcing openrep to use our local jre, where xxxx is your installation folder.
     3. Use File Manager, Permissions, to make the file executable
   


Conventional Method of OpenRep Installation

  1. Download the tarball of Java (java version "1.8.0_51") 32 bit or 64 bit from here
  2. Open the terminal and enter the following command to become root user
    sudo su
  3. Now enter the following command to create a folder jre in home folder
    mkdir /home/jre
  4. Untar the tarball of Java to home folder. You may require root privileges. I used archive manager to extract the folder to home folder
  5. Use the following command to install
      sudo update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/java java /home/jre/jre1.8.0_51/bin/java 100

  
6. Verify your installation using the following command in terminal
         
java -version       
       
It should give an output like this
         java version "1.8.0_51"
         Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_51-b16)
         Java HotSpot(TM) Server VM (build 25.51-b03, mixed mode)

      7. Untar the tarball of OpenRep to your desired destination
      8. Ensure that OpenRep.jar file is executable
      9.I have created one shell script which is included in your downloaded folder. This bash shell script executes OpenRep.jar file using jre installed in the machine. The file name is 'OpenRep.sh'. Please make this file executable.

  1. You may create a shortcut in desktop using your text editor. I created one bash script as follows
 #!/bin/bash

/home/destination folder/openrep/OpenRep.sh    

          The green colored script should be changed to your destination folder. Name this script as OpenRep Launcher and make it executable.
          Your software is ready to launch.
  1. Open your software by double clicking your launcher. You may observe that repertories are not displayed in the list. You have to import repertories from the downloaded OpenRep folder.  In this folder you have to select  the following files to import the repertories
                   'boen' refers to Boenninghausen's therapeutic pocket book
                   'boer' refers to Boericke's clinical repertory
                   'bogboen' refers to Boger Boenninghausen's characteristics repertory
                   'kent_es' refers to Kent's repertory
                   'publicum' refers to Repertorium publicum
                   'sai' refers to Sensation as if by H A Roberts
                   'bach' refers to Bach flower remedies
                   'Collective' refers to Collective repertory

It is to be noted that only 'Kent', 'Boericke', 'Repertorium publicum', 'Boenninghausen's therapeutic pocket book' and 'Collective repertory' works in OpenRep Collective version.
In OpenRep
version 2 rest of the repertories namely 'Bach', 'Sensation as if', 'Boger Boenninghausen's characteristics repertory' and Repertorium publicum will be functional.



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