BNR Help & Support
How to get help?
RTFM (Read The "Fine" Manual).
The first thing you should do if you have a problem with BNR is to make sure you have read the
With BNR1, there is a Windows help file (bnr.hlp) distributed with the bnr.exe (if you
are using Windows), which is also available as a html version
on these web pages (for Linux users).
If you are using BNR2, its is strongly recommended you download either (or both) the
BNR2 Beginner's Guide or the
BNR2 Advanced User's Guide, both written by Jeff Snavely.
Join the Yahoo bnr1 mailing list. If you cannot find the answer to your
question from the help files, the next recommended step is to join the mailing list at
As of January 2002 the list has over a thousand active BNR users and an archive of over
3500 messages. It is very likely that the problem you encountered has already been
discovered by someone, and possibly a solution could be found from the mailing list
archives. If not, ask your question on the list and you will most likely get an answer
quite soon, as the list has very knowledgeable and helpful members who have used BNR
for over two years.
Also, I always post a message to the mailing list when I release a new version,
so this is a great way to stay informed of the progress of BNR.
Join the new BNR2 Forums. The forums located at (SUSPENDED)
are similar to the
Yahoo mailing list, but they organize messages into topics to make it easier to find
answers to questions that have already been asked. The forums have only recently been
added, so there are not a lot of messages posted there yet.
Email me directly. If the above methods have failed or for some reason
you feel like contacting me directly instead of posting a question on the list, send me
email. Please note, though, that prefer to answer most questions concerning BNR2 on either
the mailing list or the forums so that others with the same questions can read my response
instead of having to ask me individually.
My email address is email@example.com.
Installation on Windows.
Basically, simply download the latest version and
unzip the archive to a directory of your choice
(like "C:\Program Files\BNR", for example). If you are using BNR2, note that you will also need
qtintf.zip, which should be unzipped to the same directory.
Installation on Linux (Beta 0.11.0+)
Installation on Linux is somewhat more complicated than installation under Windows. Corwin Burgess has prepared
lengthy instructions for installing BNR2 for Linux versions beginnning with Beta 0.11.0. These instructions should
be present in the same archive as the program itself, and can also be downloaded here.
Installation on Linux (before Beta 0.11.0)
Here are the steps for installing versions of BNR2 for Linux prior to Beta 0.11.0:
Check the BNR Linux system requirements.
BNR basically has the same requirements as Kylix (which
is what BNR for Linux has been built with) besides the CD-ROM, so check the
Borland Kylix system requirements.
Download the latest Linux version of BNR.
Most likely you will also need the Qt
runtime libraries libqt.so.2.gz and libqtintf.so.gz.
If you already have version 2.2.4 of these libraries (as libqt.so.2.2.4 and libqtintf.so.2.2.4)
you can use these by creating symbolic links libqt.so.2 and libqtintf.so to point to
the existing libraries, respectively.
Install BNR into a suitable directory.
The recommended installation method is to login as root and to create a directory /usr/local/bin/BNR,
run "tar xzvf bnr144.tgz" (for BNR1) or "gunzip BNR2.gz" (for BNR2) and gunzip both the Qt library files there.
Then you can create a script named bnr (or bnr2) into /usr/local/bin which contains
the following (for BNR1):
(or for BNR2):
This makes it possible for every user to run BNR on your machine (provided the
file access rights are suitable, for example "chmod 755 BNR") simply by typing "bnr" or "bnr2" on
the command prompt.
Create the BNR cache directory. BNR tries to create this as it starts for the first
time, but its a good idea to do this beforehand. The directory is $HOME/BNR (for BNR1) or
$HOME/BNR2 (for BNR2). That is, each user will have their own configuration and cache files,
as the files are stored in the subdirectory of the user's home directory.
Uninstall on Windows.
Again this is very simple, you can just delete the directory you created when you installed BNR.
BNR does not write anything into the Windows Registry, and all the temporary files are stored
in the installation directory or it's subdirectories.
Uninstall on Linux
Basically undo everything you did when installing BNR. Delete the $HOME/BNR or
$HOME/BNR2 directory, remove the /usr/local/bin/bnr file and the /usr/local/bin/BNR
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