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Old 10-30-2009, 10:47 AM   #1
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How do I maintain (sync) the same libraries on multiple computers. I'd like to keep my books at work and at home but I can see where that might be difficult. There are firewall issues preventing me from accessing my home PC from work.
It seems the only workable way to do this is to carry all of my books and Calibre database to work with me on a portable usb drive? Is there a portable version of Calibre in the works?
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Old 10-30-2009, 11:51 AM   #2
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Old 10-30-2009, 12:23 PM   #3
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It seems the only workable way to do this is to carry all of my books and Calibre database to work with me on a portable usb drive? Is there a portable version of Calibre in the works?
Calibre is portable but you'll need to start it from a batch file instead of directly plus it would be nice if the usb drive does have the same drive letter at home and at work.
Something like the following:

Code:
@echo off
setlocal
set CALIBRE_CONFIG_DIRECTORY=.\Apps\Calibre\config
set PATH=%PATH%;.\Apps\Calibre\calibre
.\Apps\Calibre\calibre\calibre.exe --with-library .\Library
exit
Just tried it on my usb drive and it looks like it works. Its not fast but that might be cause of my usb drive being seen as usb 1.1 at the moment.

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Old 10-30-2009, 01:07 PM   #4
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I used to run calibre from an USB drive while I was deployed and it worked quite well. All I did was use the windows installer and point to my usb drive when asked for install directory.
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Attached is a Windows batch file that can easily be used to run Calibre from a USB drive if required. It can also be used to start Calibre in various non-standard configurations such as with the library or metadata database in specfific locations. It has extensive comments so set up your Calibre to run as you like.
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Old 11-02-2009, 02:35 PM   #6
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I was able to get it installed on a USB drive and it seems to work though it is quite a bit slower. Also, rcuadro, how were you able to get the installer to install to a usb drive? I tried but the installer specifically said that it had to be a hard disk and would not allow it.
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Old 11-02-2009, 05:38 PM   #7
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I was able to get it installed on a USB drive and it seems to work though it is quite a bit slower. Also, rcuadro, how were you able to get the installer to install to a usb drive? I tried but the installer specifically said that it had to be a hard disk and would not allow it.
Well I'll be damned... it sure does not let you install it right to the USB drive. Huh, I guess I did it a while ago (March this year).
However I just installed it on my computer and then copied the directory to the USB drive and it worked fine... though a little slow thought that would be expected.
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