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Old 07-05-2008, 10:58 PM   #1
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After you have installed ActivePerl start the "Perl Package Manager" (from the program menu) and install packages. A package can also be installed from a cmd prompt with "ppm install packagename".
okay, i don't really think i'm a dummy, but apparently i am when it comes to mobiperl! i'm attempting to follow the instructions in the mobiperl sticky and its wiki page, but i'm stuck. i've downloaded and installed activeperl 5.8.8, but i don't know where to find the perl package manager that's referenced in the next step, where to type in 'ppm install,' or where to find the packages the instructions say to install... i've been going in search loops for a while now and getting progressively more frustrated, so thought i'd give a call for help, in the hopes that some kind soul can provide a 'mobiperl for dummies' to get me through.
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Old 07-05-2008, 11:24 PM   #2
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I'm going to assume you're running Windows, if not this won't apply.

Download mobiperl-win-0.0.38.zip from Here. Unzip it and copy which ever programs you want to use into the directory where your ebooks are stored. These are compiled Windows binaries that don't require a separate Perl installation. It's working well for me.

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Old 07-05-2008, 11:33 PM   #3
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sorry, i meant to post that i am, indeed, using windows -- vista, to be exact.

thank you soooo much for the link, carl -- i'm off to grab it now, and will report back on my (hopeful) success.

edit: hooray! i downloaded it, unzipped it, moved it into my ebooks folder, and all seems well... well, except i'm not sure what to do with it now, lol. the main reason i want it is to change titles in .prc files, but when i try to run/open mobi2mobi, it flashes a dos-type screen for a second or 2, and then doesn't do anything else. i also tried using the mobi2mobiGUI from the forums, but am unclear exactly what to do with that, too. >sigh< the more i mess with this, the more dummy-like i feel!

i'd appreciate more guidance, even if it's a "no, no, dear, look over HERE!"

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Old 07-06-2008, 01:14 AM   #4
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You will want to run Mobi2mobi from a command prompt window.
From the Start button, choose accessories and you will find it there.
from within the command prompt window, change your directory to where you have mobi2mobi.exe and your ebook you want to fix. For example, if it is on your desktop in a directory called ebooks, you would type cd desktop\ebooks
Once you have the correct directory, let's assume that the name of the book you want to fix is GoneWiththeWind.prc . The command to change the title would be: mobi2mobi.exe GoneWiththeWind.prc --outfile "Gone With the Wind.mobi" --title "Gone With the Wind"

Note: If you are trying to get it to work with the Kindle, you will need to run kindlefix.py first to get an .azw file and then your command would be: mobi2mobi.exe GoneWiththe Wind.azw --outfile "Gone With the Wind.azw" --title "Gone With the Wind"
Let us know if you have any further problems

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Old 07-06-2008, 01:22 AM   #5
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so far, at least, .prc files are working just fine on my kindle. does mobi2mobi not do prc to prc 'conversions?' all i really want is to mess with the title, author, etc, not to actually convert to any other type of ebook, if it's not needed.

i'll play around with it and see what i can manage to figure out. thanks for the pointer to the command prompt and the example!

EDIT: thanks sooo much! it's working wonderfully for .prc to .prc, making all of the changes i wanted, and still easily usable in mobipocket reader... i haven't tried the new files on my kindle yet, but i will shortly.

one more question (you knew there had to be more, right??) -- is there any way to copy/paste into a command prompt? i'm assuming not, yet hoping so, lol.

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Old 07-06-2008, 01:31 AM   #6
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You don't have to change the file extension to .mobi. Just make the title .prc if you wish. Some prc books work on Kindle, some don't depending on where you get them. Those downloaded from this forum and feedbooks work just fine on the Kindle. Also, if you want to change the author, just add in: --author "whoever may be" to your string as you change the title.

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yep, with your example for guidance i made the leap to '--author' on my own. and i'll certainly keep kindlefix in mind if i *do* run into any problems with .prc files on my kindle! thanks again for your help... any info on whether i can copy/paste into a command prompt? i'm renaming things because they're long and cumbersome, and they're, well, long and cumbersome, lol.

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Don't think that you can copy and paste, (can't remember back that far to my DOS days) but after you have done one book, you can hit the forward direction keys and they will repeat your previous key strokes which helps some
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Some of us are downloading ebooks checkedout from our online public libraries in mobipocket format - they definitely do need the kindlefix conversion to work on the Kindle

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thanks for that heads up. my local library doesn't seem to have save-able ebooks, but i haven't messed with that too much yet, either. i stumbled upon the trick of getting the last command entered by hitting my up arrow, and you're right, it does speed things up a bit. thanks for helping me get un-frustrated with this whole thing!
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any info on whether i can copy/paste into a command prompt? i'm renaming things because they're long and cumbersome, and they're, well, long and cumbersome, lol.
You can't copy in the command windows so far as I know, but you can paste text copied from another window. For example, copy the location of a directory from its open window and paste it after cd to change directory. The arrow keys allow you bring up old commands and edit the current command. Also, the tab key will complete a filename after a few letters. If there are several possible filenames it may require more letters, if you are changing the extension (e.g. .prc to .mobi) the tab will always get the exiting extension but the result can be edited.
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hmm, i wasn't able to get pastes to work, but i got in a good rhythm using the up arrow trick to call up the previous command. i think i've made all the changes i need to for the moment, so maybe i'll play with it on the next batch o books i need to tweak. thanks!
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one more question (you knew there had to be more, right??) -- is there any way to copy/paste into a command prompt? i'm assuming not, yet hoping so, lol.
Yes. When you have the cmd window open if you click on the upper left corner you get a menu which allows you to paste. There is a key stroke to do it, but it is not ctlr-v... I think it is F3. You can also copy from a cmd window... from that same upper left corner choose "Mark" I think it is... then use the mouse to select/highlite what you want to copy... then press enter or choose "Select" from the menu.

A much better option is to get an open source app called console2. It is a wrapper around shells (like command.com, cygwin, powershell) that gives you tabbed windows and make cut/copy/paste much easier. http://sourceforge.net/projects/console/

I would also recommend putting all your ebook command line tools into a single folder and adding that folder to your path. This way, you can run the commands from the folders that contain your ebooks and you don't need to have the .exes in those folders too... nor do you have to copy the ebook files to where the .exes are.

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Old 07-06-2008, 03:21 PM   #14
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thanks, BOb! dunno if i'll get the console program you mentioned, but at least you've taught me how to access copy/paste, for which i'm grateful.
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Thanks for the great tips Bob!

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