ScenseGuru InstallScripts Explorer – Beta

Have you ever looked at the InstallScripts folder and asked yourself if everything in there is actually still in use by the Scense system?
The ‘ScenseGuru InstallScripts Explorer’ will help you out.

The problem

When you start using any system, it’s probably with the best intentions to keep everything nice and clean and remove anything that isn’t used. But after some time, especially if you’re not the only one using the system, it starts to become unclear if something is still in use and that’s when things might get ugly.

With the InstallScripts folder it can be exactly like that and after several years you may have ended up with a rather large collection of files and folders and no idea which of them are still in use and which are obsolete.

The solution

Wouldn’t it be great if you could tell if things are in use just by looking at the InstallScripts content? The ‘ScenseGuru InstallScripts Explorer’ (SIE) makes this possible.
This is how it works; The SIE reads the Scense database (using the common Scense Explorer UDL-file) and finds out where the InstallScripts location is. Next it scans the database tables in search of files and folders in this InstallScripts location. Then the SIE starts scanning the actual file system and checks all files and folders against the database scan results. If a file or a folder is found in the database then it will be emphasized with the green color. This will show you immediately which files and folders are still in use.

To give even more information we added a ‘Referenced by’ column that shows by which Scense object the file or folder is used. Sometimes you need to drill down into a folder structure to find the file that is actually referenced by the Scense object.

Try it

You can use the ScenseGuru Installscripts Explorer v0.9 beta freely with Scense 8, but keep in mind that this is still a work in progress and you’re using it entirely at your own risk. The SIE does not need any installation (just unzip and run), but it does have some prerequisites; the .NET Framework 3.5 should be installed and a valid Scense.udl file must be in place in the %AppData%\Scense folder.

You can download the software here.

After downloading and unpacking you can start the application, but Windows might refuse to start it because it came from the internet. In that case you need to unblock it by clicking the ‘Unblock’ button in the files property page.

After unblocking there should be no problem starting it.

Enjoy.

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