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Old 04-06-2012, 09:08 PM   #1
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Library in Calibre Portable

I have just started using Calibre Portable and found that upon first start-up it does not run me through 'Create/switch library,' it comes configured with 'Calibre Library' (I just hate this generic, non-specific, unidentifiable name) as the default.

Now I have three libraries, each one of which is a Calibre library. And yes, all three of them reside on my portable device. I went through 'Create/switch library' for each of the three. I then went through 'Remove library' and followed up with deleting the empty folder.

Wouldn't you just know that when I started Calibre Portable the second time it did not remain pointing to the library I had just defined and was using, it just went ahead with recreating 'Calibre Library' and sat there in an empty library which had been specifically and purposefully removed?

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Old 04-06-2012, 11:52 PM   #2
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calibre portable is designed to always start with the same library. If you want to use multiple libraries, dont use calibre portable.
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Now that makes absolutely no sense to me whatsoever. What prompted such an arbitrary decision as that one?
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Old 04-08-2012, 05:08 PM   #4
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Now that makes absolutely no sense to me whatsoever. What prompted such an arbitrary decision as that one?
People that haul around a Library on USB stick tend to use non-dedicated computers (Like Public Library ones) or work ones that do not permit 'foreign' software to be installed.
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Old 05-08-2013, 08:20 AM   #5
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I agree, I use 4 libraries 2 on dropbox and two on my portable drive. If it is not a major change I would definitely like the ability to keep the last library opened as the one that reopens.
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I agree, I use 4 libraries 2 on dropbox and two on my portable drive. If it is not a major change I would definitely like the ability to keep the last library opened as the one that reopens.
Kovid had his reasons fo NOT doing this.

The biggest problem is your type of configuration
Multiple drives that must be inserted, Possible Net access REQUIRED.

KISS use the Last Library (pen) drive to start portable and you automagicaly get the last library
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Old 05-18-2013, 02:03 PM   #7
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If you want to use multiple libraries, dont use calibre portable.
I assume it's difficult or time consuming to support this?
As I mentioned in another thread, I use several libraries with calibre portable, I imagine there are others too.
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I agree, I use 4 libraries 2 on dropbox and two on my portable drive. If it is not a major change I would definitely like the ability to keep the last library opened as the one that reopens.
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Multiple libraries are supported within the calibre portable folder.

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Release: 0.8.70 [21 Sep, 2012]

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  • Calibre Portable: Add support for multiple libraries created inside the 'Calibre Portable' folder.
Kovid made an appropriate compromise 5 months after the conclusion of this thread that met the described goal of the original poster of this thread. The last library accessed within the calibre portable folder is the library that will get opened when calibre portable starts anew exactly as the OP requested, at least this is what happens for me.

If the last library accessed was outside the calibre portable folder it will not start up because this is calibre portable, you could be on any computer so why look outside of the design of the portable folder structure?

Personally I run calibre portable from my Copy.com cloud storage area and any libraries I access are within the calibre portable folder. If you routinely access libraries outside of this calibre portable structure you might consider running the non-portable version of calibre.

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Old 05-19-2013, 02:45 PM   #9
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I run portable, because there is one, any time I don't have to install to windows I won't, just to have a clean usable OS without loads of process's or files in loads of different places.

So probably not the standard "portable user" so yes I don't use Calibre's portable folder to store my library's (they would be too big to keep in that folder on the occasion I do put it on a usb drive - take too long to transfer etc)

Anyway don't want to labour the issue, Calibre is becoming like Helium Music manager, in so much that I only use it to update metadata. Playing reading and viewing is done elsewhere, in more aesthetic and designed with the user in mind apps.
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