Scripting:Version Checking

It's an unfortunate side effect of software development that, as time passes, new versions of the software will need to be released[1]. This means that there will inevitably come a time where you need to work out which version of a given piece of software you actually have. There are a number of approaches out there to make it easier for the end-user to work out which version of something they have, but unfortunately pretty much none of them can be used for .osm files.

However, each .osm file contains a 'Windows Resource' block; a chunk of data that, among other things, stores the version information.

Reading the resource data

Unfortunately, .osm files, and the windows resource data within them, are not human-readable. In order to find out which version of a .osm file you are looking at, you need to use a resource viewer or editor. One very easy to use example of this is called Anolis Resourcer.

  • Download Anolis Resourcer by clicking the "download" link on the page linked above.
  • Unzip the archive you have downloaded.
  • Run the `Resourcer.exe` program.
  • Click 'Open' in the toolbar.
  • In the file requester, change the file filter to `All Files (*.*)` (if you do not do this, the .osm files will not appear in the file requester)
  • Locate the .osm file you want to obtain the version of and click 'Open'
  • In the left part of the Anolis Resourcer window you should now see the name of the .osm file with a + - 1.0 Version line below it.
  • Click on the + to open the next level, you should now see a line with + - 1 on it. Click on the 1 and the right side of the window should show the version information, something like that shown here:
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In the version information you can see String - FileVersion: that's the version of the .osm file you've opened.


  1. If this doesn't happen, it means that the software has been abandoned.

Authors

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