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Minion Problems/User FAQ (updated Aug 24)

This is a collection of information that I've gathered, relating to various problems currently plaguing Minion users.

Please remember, Minion is currently Beta quality software. There are known bugs!

Table of Contents
Windows
1) Minion refuses to launch! The installer worked, but when I try to start it, either nothing happens, or a program that is pretty clearly not minion appears!
2) When I go to http://minion.mmoui.com/ and click the "Download Beta" button, either nothing happens or it just simply doesn't work!
3) Whenever I try to install Minion, I get an error like "CreateProcess error=14001"!

OSX
1) Nearly all of my addons fail to install with "Internal Error!"

Linux
1) Simple overview
2) Updating fails, "FileNotFoundException: minion.jar"

General Information
1) Help, when I install an addon, it simply says "Internal Error!"
2) Grr! Minion detects addons improperly/installs addons I didn't have installed/does other funky things!
3) Minion installs, but simply doesn't work - I possibly clicked 'No' to the 'Give Minion permission to do this' dialog and need to reset my configuration.
4) I want to uninstall Minion!



Windows
1. Minion refuses to launch! The installer worked, but when I try to start it, either nothing happens, or a program that is pretty clearly not minion appears!

Explanation: Usually what happens in this case, is that another program has "taken over" the java application file extension (.jar), meaning that instead of Java trying to run Minion, another programs tries to work with the file. Things like winrar, 7zip, and Nokia PC Suite have been known to do this.

Fix:
Option A) Reinstall Java, from java.com. Click the big "Free Java Download" button and follow the instructions.

Option B) If A fails, uninstall every version of Java installed on the computer in question, and then try option A again. It is entirely possible to have multiple Java versions installed at once, which may or may not cause problems.

Workaround:
If none of the above has worked for you (or you need the java application files opened with another program), there is a simple workaround. Start notepad, by clicking "Start" "Run" and typing in "notepad". Copy/paste the following two lines into notepad:
@echo off
javaw -jar minion.jar
From here, select "File", "Save As". Be sure that the "File Type" at the bottom is set to "All Files". Then, save the file as "minion.bat" into the same place where you installed Minion. You should now be able to run Minion by double-clicking the new "minion" file, which has an icon that resembles two gears.

2. When I go to http://minion.mmoui.com/ and click the "Download Beta" button, either nothing happens or it just simply doesn't work!

This is caused by the Java plugin either not being installed into your web browser properly, or it simply not existing.

First: If you are experiencing this problem, try using a different web browser, if available. If you are using Firefox, try Internet Explorer. Note: if you install a new browser as a workaround, you'll need to reinstall Java to register the plugin with the new browser.

Second: Ensure you have Java installed. You can check to see if you have it installed by visiting this link. If the page says you do not have it installed, you can easily install by opening java.com and clicking the "Free Java Download" button.

Third: If you do have Java installed, but still cannot install Minion, try to reinstall Java, as outlined in the first question. The Java installation process registers a plugin with every browser installed on the system, which will then allow you to install Minion.

Workaround: If all of the above has failed, right-click and save this link to the desktop. Hold down shift, and right-click the file. Select "Open file with..." If you are presented with an entry called "Java Web Start" select that and press okay. If it doesn't, you need to browse to where ever Java is installed on your computer, commonly C:\Program Files\Java\. In here, you will either see one folder, or several. Select the "biggest numbered" folder you can see, and then the "bin" folder. You should then find "javaws.exe." Select it, and press okay. Press okay again to launch the Minion installer.

3. Whenever I try to install Minion, I get an error like "CreateProcess error=14001"!
This is because you do not have the "Visual C++ 2008 SP1 Redistributable" installed. Pick from the list below and install:

If you are unsure which to install, go with the first one. Once installed, your should be able to install Minion.



OSX

1. Nearly all of my addons fail to install with "Internal Error!"
This is a known issue. The developers are working to correct this problem and will be fixed in the next beta release. If you wish to know more please see Bug #244 on our bug tracker (requires registration).
** This should be fixed in the latest version.

Linux
1. Simple overview
Every linux-specific problem has related to simply being able to install and launch Minion, due to Java either not being installed, or it simply being too old. As long as Java is installed (consult your distribution wiki/forums/IRC channel for more information), Minion can be installed with a simple command:
This will download and run the Minion installer. /home/user/Minion is a good choice to install Minion to. Once installed, cd to the Minion installation directory, and run the following:
javaw -jar minion.jar
This will then launch minion.

2. Updating fails, "FileNotFoundException: minion.jar"
This is caused by updating after starting Minion in a "bad" way - which usually is simply double-clicking on the jar.

Open a terminal, change to the Minion directory, and then start minion from there. For example, if Minion is installed into /home/user/Minion:
Code:
[[email protected] ~]$ cd /home/user/Minion
[[email protected] Minion]$ java -jar minion.jar
Minion should then update properly.


GENERAL ISSUES
Help, when I install an addon, it simply says "Internal Error!"
There are numerous causes for this. Please either create a new thread here or file a new bug on the bug tracker, with your log file attached. Information on where to find your log file can be found here

Note: if the addon you are trying to update is packaged in the .rar format, Minion will fail. This is a known issue. Check to see if this is the case, please.

Grr! Minion detects addons improperly/installs addons I didn't have installed/does other funky things!
Please see and reply to this thread with the information asked for.

Minion installs, but simply doesn't work - I possibly clicked 'No' to the 'Give Minion permission to do this' dialog and need to reset my configuration.

Configuration data is kept in the same folder as the log file, which is detailed here. Simply delete the "config.xml" file and all of your settings will revert to defaults - allowing you to click "yes" to the security prompt.

Do not delete the entire folder. It contains your Minion modules.

I want to uninstall Minion!
This is actually pretty easy. All you need to do is delete two directories: the minion application directory, and the minion user directory.

The minion application directory is simply where ever you installed Minion to. The user directory depends on your operating system:

Windows: %APPDATA%\MMOUI\Minion\ (Yes, %APPDATA% can be typed into Explorer)
Linux: ~/.Minion/
Mac OS X: ~/Library/Application Support/Minion/
Simply delete both directories and Minion is "gone." It does not use the registry or any file outside of the above directories.
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Last edited by ScytheBlade1 : 08-24-09 at 03:10 PM. Reason: added linux update info
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