2 ebay sites at the same time

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20 Mar, 2014 01:46 PM

I frequent both the US and the German ebay sites. It seems in the JBid settings that I can select one or the other, but not both. I tried to copy/rename JBid to run 2 instances of JBid, one for US and one for Germany, but the Database became a problem (2 instance using the same DB).

Is there some way to run JBid to access bot US and German ebay sites for JBid at the same time on the same computer (one user Mac OS X)?

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by cyberfox on 22 Mar, 2014 09:36 PM

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    Unfortunately not easily.

    As a historical note, JBidwatcher used to do that somewhat automagically.
     It would parse and bid on ebay.com if the item was available there, and
    fall back to ebay.co.uk if the item was only visible on the European eBay
    sites. Unfortunately users could not really make sense of what it was
    doing and when it would bid on one site vs. another. Also the code was
    responsible for some very difficult bugs, not technically difficult but
    very hard to make the right choices for users. I had to simplify the
    logic, to make it maintainable, and help users make useful decisions about
    what they wanted JBidwatcher to do.

    It IS possible to change JBidwatcher to do what you want, but it most
    likely requires a rebuild of JBidwatcher with a different database name.
     If you're particularly technically savvy, it's also possible you could set
    up an alternate configuration that uses MySQL as the database.

    The best alternative, actually, would be to take the copy of JBidwatcher
    that you created, and find the Info.plist file in the app. Edit it and in
    the <VMOptions> block add:
    -Duser.home=/Users/YOUR USERNAME/alternate

    So it would look like this, for me:
          <string>-Xms64m -Xmx512m -Duser.home=/Users/mrs/alternate</string>

    That would make that Application use an entirely different directory for
    operation. You would need to:
          mkdir -p ~/alternate/Library/Preferences

    Then launch the alternate JBidwatcher application.

    That's a lot of relatively difficult stuff, depending on how comfortable
    you are with Terminal.app and editing internal files of apps. I'm sorry
    it's not easier. I know some applications allow you to change their
    database by holding down Alt on launch. JBidwatcher doesn't do that, for
    various reasons. Maybe when I finish rebuilding JBidwatcher as a
    Mac-specific app, I'll include that feature.

    Sorry I don't have any better suggestions for you.

    Best of luck with your auctions!

    -- Morgan

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