The Replicator

The Replicator

To use the Java Web Start application on this page, you should have a recent Java installed, preferably 32-bit JRE (Java Runtime Environment) 1.8.0_25.

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Click the orange launch button to start the Replicator and download the complete mindprod.com website, or update your local downloaded copy. To learn in detail how the Replicator works, read the manual.

Java changed the way security works and the Replicator was running afoul of the new rules. I have put in a temporary fix. When I get a Comodo code Signing certificate, I will be able to handle the problem in a strictly kosher way. In the meantime, it should be working again Thanks for your patience.

Java Requirements and Troubleshooting

Replicator is a signed Java Web Start application to The Replicator. You are welcome to install it on your own website. If it does not work…
  1. For this Java Web Start to work, you must click grant/accept/always run on this site/I accept the risk to give it permission to write the downloaded files to your hard disk. If you refuse to grant permission, the program may crash with an inscrutable stack dump on the console complaining about AccessController.checkPermission.
  2. In the Java Control Panel security tab, click Start ⇒ Control Panel ⇒ Programs ⇒ Java ⇒ Security, configure medium security to allow self-signed and vanilla unsigned applets to run. If medium is not available, or if Java security is blocking you from running the program, configure high security and add http://mindprod.com to the Exception Site List at the bottom of the security tab.
  3. Often problems can be fixed simply by clicking the reload button on your browser.
  4. Make sure you have both JavaScript and Java enabled in your browser.
  5. Make sure the Java in your browser is enabled in the security tab of the Java Control panel. Click Start ⇒ Control Panel ⇒ Programs ⇒ Java ⇒ Security ⇒ Enable Java Content in the browser.
  6. This signed Java Web Start application needs 32-bit or 64-bit Java 1.7 or later. For best results use the latest 1.8.0_25 Java.
  7. You also need a recent browser.
  8. It works under any operating system that supports Java e.g. W2K, XP, W2003, Vista, W2008, W7-32, W7-64, W8-32, W8-64, W2012, Linux, LinuxARM, LinuxX86, LinuxX64, Ubuntu, Solaris, SolarisSPARC, SolarisSPARC64, SolarisX86, SolarisX64 and OSX
  9. You should see the Java Web Start above looking much like this screenshot. If you don’t, the following hints should help you get it working:
  10. Optionally, you may permanently install the Canadian Mind Products code-signing certificate so you don’t have to grant each time.
  11. If the above Java Web Start appears to freeze-up, click Alt-Esc repeatedly to check for any buried permission dialog box.
  12. If you have certificate troubles, check the installed certificates and remove or update any obsolete or suspected defective certificates. The only certificate used by this program is mindprodcert2014dsa.cer.
  13. Even if JWS (Java Web Start) complains that the certificate used to sign this application is “invalid”, please click grant/accept anyway.
  14. If the above Java Web Start does not work, or if it fails to automatically install the latest versions, try running:
    rem On Windows
    javaws.exe -viewer
    # on Linux/BASH
    javaws -viewer
    on the command line, then click show applications and delete any of the unworking or obsolete applications. Then click show resources and delete any of the unworking or obsolete resources. Then try launching the application again.
  15. If the above Java Web Start does not work, or if it fails to automatically install the latest versions, try uninstalling the JWS application in the control panel or uninstall it with:
    rem On Windows
    javaws.exe -viewer
    # on Linux/BASH
    javaws -viewer
    on the command line, and try launching the application again.
  16. If reinstalling does not work, especially if JWS appears to be using an obsolete *.jnlp file stuck in cache, try bulk uninstalling all JWS apps with:
    rem On Windows
    javaws.exe -uninstall
    # on Linux/BASH
    javaws -uninstall
    on the command line, and try launching the application again.
  17. If the error message says “program not found” the problem is likely a damaged association between *.jnlp files and the javaws.exe program. To learn how to repair the association, click the Repair button below.
  18. For Firefox, select open with: Java(TM) web start launcher.
  19. To ensure your Java is up to date, check with Wassup. First, download it and run it as an application independent of your browser, then run it online as an Applet to add the complication of your browser.
  20. If the above Java Web Start does not work, check the Java console for error messages.
  21. If the above Java Web Start does not work, you might have better luck with the downloadable version available below.
  22. If you are using Mac OS X and would like an improved Look and Feel, download the QuaQua look & feel from randelshofer.ch/quaqua. UnZip the contained quaqua.jar and install it in ~/Library/Java/Extensions or one of the other ext dirs.
  23. Upgrade to the latest version of Internet Explorer or another browser.
  24. Click the Information bar, and then click Allow blocked content. Unfortunately, this also allows dangerous ActiveX code to run. However, you must do this in order to get access to perfectly-safe Java Applets running in a sandbox. This is part of Microsoft’s war on Java.
  25. Try upgrading to a more recent version of your browser, or try a different browser e.g. Chrome, Firefox, SeaMonkey, Opera, Safari or Avant.
  26. If you still can’t get the program working click the red HELP button below for more detail.
  27. If you can’t get the above Java Web Start working after trying the advice above and from the red HELP button below, have bugs to report or ideas to improve the program or its documentation, please send me an email atemail Roedy Green.
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You can safely abort at any time. The Replicator will pick up where you left off the next time you download. If the Replicator fails, try again in half an hour or so. There may have been a glitch in uploading the files.

To read more about how the Replicator works, read the Replicator Manual.

The download covers definitions of Java terminology, essays on various Java related topics and pointers to where you can get more information about Java related problems. It also covers the entire mindprod.com website which discusses political, environmental and religious issues. It includes the gay glossary, the Computer Hardware Buyers’ Glossary, all the sound and image files.

I update the website many times a day and post the changes to the Replicator. You can stay as up to date as you want. You can run the Replicator to update your local mirror copy as frequently or as infrequently as you like. Whenever you run the Replicator, you will get just the net changes since your last visit.

You must run the Replicator every time you want to get the recent updates. It will not automatically schedule itself. After the first time, it will be very quick unless there has been a massive update to all the headers and footers.

Google Desktop will then let you find anything in the local mirror with indexes that are only seconds out of date.

The Replicator downloads the website is in approximately 1 MB zipped chunks, and automatically unpacks and decompresses them. On subsequent visits, The Replicator automatically downloads just new zips containing files that have net changed since your last visit.

To disable the ads during offline browsing, turn off JavaScript.

If you have trouble with the download button, try starting Java Web Start manually with:

javaws.exe http://mindprod.com/webstart/replicator.jnlp

If the Replicator just sits there and does nothing, and you are using version 1.5.0 (build 1.5.0_07-b03). Fedora Core 5 Linux, if you upgrade to Java version 1.6 it will work.

If you have trouble, email me at  email feedback to Roedy Green or Canadian Mind Products or arrange a phone call and I will talk you through the setup. This software has been working fine for years.

It will take a long time (still under 10 minutes for ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line technology) ) for your first download (~85 MB broken into 1 MB pieces) but subsequent ones should be rapid.

You can safely abort at any time. The Replicator will automatically pick up where you left off the next time you download.

Why download with the Replicator instead of browse online?

  1. If mindprod.com goes down temporarily or permanently, you will still have a copy.
  2. You can browse your local copy more quickly than the web copy. You will find the Google AdSense ads will drive you nuts offline trying to fetch an ad from the unreachable Google server. I have not yet figured out how to suppress the ads automatically when you are viewing offline. However, you can suppress them by turning off JavaScript support in your browser. You can turn off the ads while you are online this way too.
  3. You can use your local search tools to find things.
  4. You are providing yet another level of backup to foil those who would destroy the mindprod.com site. Because the material is constantly changing, and won’t stay up to date, please don’t repost pages from my website unless my site disappears completely. The web is littered with out-of-date copies of my material that people stumble on. If you want to host a complete mirror site that I will keep up to the minute, please send me an email at email feedback to Roedy Green or Canadian Mind Products  so we can work out the details.
  5. With the Replicator, your local copy can now be just as up-to-date at the uncompressed website HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) with very little overhead.

See the manual to learn how the Replicator works and how you might use it for your own websites or bulk file distribution problems.

To get best performance from the Replicator, you should tweak/tune/configure/adjust your TCP/IP downloading. This will speed up all your internet connections and downloads, not just the Replicator, perhaps by as much as 100 times. Try any or all of these tuning tools to see which works best for you: TCP Optimizer, TweakMaster and/or QuickDNS.

Beware. The Google web accelerator proxy drastically slows down Java Web start unless you configure jawaws.exe to use a direct network connection.

Because of a limit inherited from MSDOS, and the PKZIP format that the Replicator uses to distribute files, the reconstituted files will have timestamps accurate only to within 2 seconds of the original. The timestamps reflect local time on the source, not UTC (Coordinated Universal Time/Temps Universel Coordonné) time. This will cause no problems with the mindprod.com files since the timestamps are only used to give you an idea of when a file was last changed.

To see about getting the Replicator to mirror your own website or distribute your own set of files, click here.

PackageVersionReleasedLicenceLanguageNotes 
replicator
The Replicator
11.5 2014-08-19 free Java
more infoprecismanualscreenshotbrowse source repository
for the current version of The Replicator.
Efficiently replicates a set of files to your clients and keeps them up-to-date.
download 2.5MB zip for The Replicator Java source, compiled class files, jar and documentation to run on your own machine as a Java Web Start application.

Runs on any OS that supports Java e.g. W2K, XP, W2003, Vista, W2008, W7-32, W7-64, W8-32, W8-64, W2012, Linux, LinuxARM, LinuxX86, LinuxX64, Ubuntu, Solaris, SolarisSPARC, SolarisSPARC64, SolarisX86, SolarisX64 and OSX.

First install the most recent Java.

To install, extract the zip download with WinZip, (or similar unzip utility) into any directory you please, often J:\ — ticking off the use folder names option.

To check out the corresponding source from the Subversion repository, use the TortoiseSVN repo-browser to
access replicator source in repository with [Tortoise] Subversion client on wush.net/svn/mindprod/com/mindprod/replicator/.

To run the JWS application, modify the jnlp file to look in the right place for its files, then type:

javaws J:\com\mindprod\replicator\replicator.jnlp

adjusting as necessary to account for where the jar file is.

download ASP PAD XML program description for the current version of The Replicator.

$1989.00 US donated so far. If the CMP utilities solved your problem, please donate a buck or two, or donate to one of the charities featured in the footer public service ads throughout the website and get a tax receipt.

The Replicator is free. Full source included. You may even include the source code, modified or unmodified in free/commercial open source/proprietary programs that you write and distribute. Non-military use only.
 
 

This page is posted
on the web at:

http://mindprod.com/webstart/replicator.html

Optional Replicator mirror
of mindprod.com
on local hard disk J:

J:\mindprod\webstart\replicator.html
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