BPOS is, like everything else, simple to install. The program consists of 2 files
- BPOS.EXE - the full program
- BPOS.CHM - this help file
- If you are networking BPOS (you have more than 1 terminal), decide which machine will be there "Master". Typically this is a back office machine of maybe "the one terminal that runs all the time". Once you have designated this machine then it will be
- the first machine started each day (or left running continuously)
- the machine that all other machines will connect to obtain BPOS and the database
- Create a folder, normally called "\BPOS" on either the C: or perhaps you D: drive. Again there is no technical requirement to have this folder in any set location.
- Copy the BPOS.EXE into this folder and run it. It will create a number of sub-folders including one called "DBFSTRU" (Database File Structures). BPOS will start and display a message about needing to create the databases
- Answer "Y" and then hit Enter. BPOS will, as the screen shows, create the "database skeletons" in the DBFSTRU folder and then exit.
- From either a windows explorer dialog, or from a command prompt, Copy the . BPS files to the \BPOS folder as .DBF files. The command would be "copy c:\bpos\dbfstru\*.bps c:\bpos\*.dbf". You should now have about 68 "dbf" files in your BPOS folder.
- Start BPOS. It will open to the BPOS welcome screen and you are now ready to start.
Installing Networked terminals
If you are planning a networked system, You must install your master workstation, as above, first. Once installed share the folder with other machines. Share it as BPOS (again no requirement for this name) and ensure that the share is set to "Change" (Writeable) and the local permissions are also "Users (Read/Write)"
If you need help in creating a shared folder, consult your local IT support people. This install assumes that you have a running master machine with a share. For the purposes of documentation we will assume that the share is "P:" although, again, it can be anything.
BPOS uses an ENVIRONMENT variable "BPOSPATH" to locate the master server. If you were to share the BPOS folder on the master server and connect to it using "P:\" then the BPOSPATH must be set as "P:\". Create a cmd (batch) file called "BPOS.cmd" and put the following in
BPOS will start to the welcome screen if you receive the "BPOS has detected no database files...." as above then ensure that the share is read/write and the "DBF" files exist.
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