Standalone Build Problem

Ben Rubinstein benr_mc at
Tue Jun 2 14:16:38 EDT 2015

I'd echo this - I've always found the splash app approach to work well.

I include in my splash app code which if it can't find or doesn't like the 
mainstack (stored in application support or analogous folder), directly loads 
an "updater" stack over http from my server; this update stack then manages 
the process of fetching and installing new mainstacks, including 
authentication when that's involved.  This is a tiny bit more complicated, but 
it has distributing updates much easier as well - I very rarely need to issue 
updates to the splash app itself.  I'd be happier if I could do it over https 
(to be fair, maybe I can now - it's a long time since I tried).

My top tip is to use the "Include Error Reporting Dialog" feature of the 
standalone builder - for your test builds, regardless of whether you ship it 
that way.  That way when it just doesn't work when you first test, you can get 
an actual error code (that you have to do the hacky thing to interpret) to 
figure out what went wrong.

(FWIW I've not had problems with sub-stacks, either in the mainstack invoked 
by a splash app, or in one app that I build as an all-in one standalone with 
sub-stacks.  Or if I did have problems, I must have found a workaround and 
then forgotten the awful process I had to go through to discover it....)


On 02/06/2015 17:51, Scott Rossi wrote:
> Bob:
> Follow Devin's advice.  Building a launcher (splash) app shouldn't be that complicated.  The standalone just needs to be a simple minimal stack that launches your "real" main stack containing all your logic, sub stacks, etc.
> Regards,
> Scott Rossi
> Creative Director
> Tactile Media UX/UI Design
>> On Jun 2, 2015, at 9:35 AM, Bob Sneidar <bobsneidar at> wrote:
>> Thanks Devin.
>> With this approach I am finding that letting Livecode automatically find the libraries it needs is not successful. First, none of my data grids work, even though I have added a data grid to the splash stack. Second, none of the image files I have referenced in the primary stack are being accessed. I suppose I will need to manually add those as well to the application folder.
>> I will, at the risk of sounding like I am whining, repeat the sentiment others have expressed, that this is more difficult to get working than it ought to be.
>> Bob S
>> On Jun 2, 2015, at 09:21 , Devin Asay <devin_asay at<mailto:devin_asay at>> wrote:
>> On Jun 2, 2015, at 10:09 AM, Bob Sneidar <bobsneidar at<mailto:bobsneidar at>> wrote:
>> Hi all.
>> So I am creating a standalone for the first time, and I am trying to use a splash stack. Taking the advice of others I have added a data grid to the splash stack so that the data grid library get added. Now when I attempt to set the mainstack of the actual stack that contains all the business logic, it fails. I think I might know why, but I’ll ask to be sure.
>> The actual application stack has a number of substacks already. I am thinking that a substack cannot itself contain other substacks. If this is true, I will have to break out all of my other stacks as single files, then add them as substacks to the mainstack.
>> If this is true, I can see why new users have problems creating standalones at first. It is a rather convoluted way of going about things. If not, then I am at a loss to know why I cannot set the mainstack property of a given stack.

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