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  Re: Looking for a way to disable POV-Ray for Windows splash screen  
From: Elmar Krieger
Date: 10 Mar 2013 17:20:01
Hi Alain,

merci bien for your quick reply and the hint to look at pvengine.ini

Here is what I did in Windows 7, 64bit:

1) Use the start menu to look for pvengine.ini, which was found in

2) Uninstall and reinstall POVRay 3.6.1 to determine when this file is actually
created so that my application can modify it.

3) Interestingly, when my application now started POVRay, POVRay did *not* wait
for a key to be pressed. And it *did not* create a new
c:\Users\elmar\Documents\POVRay, so there is now no private pvengine.ini I could

4) I only found a PVENGINE.INI in POVRay's installation directory. When I tried
to modify it with Notepad, I got "access denied". When I ran Notepad as
administrator, I could change RunCount=0, but again, POVRay did not ask for a
keypress. Also I noted that RunCount=0 stays unchanged, no matter how often I
run POVRay. An application can normally not modify data in its own install
directory, so I guess it's expected that RunCount=0 stays that way forever...?

Here is the PVENGINE.INI from POVRay's install directory:

[Permitted Input Paths]

[Permitted Output Paths]
2=%INSTALLDIR%\Insert Menu


CurrentDirectory=C:\Program Files\yasara\tst

So I guess, the open question is: where is the pvengine.ini to modify, and how
can I modify it before running POVRay the first time? (I would expect that
POVRay creates the file the first time it's run, but then it's already too

Many thanks for your help,

Alain <kua### [at] videotronca> wrote:
> Le 2013-02-26 13:48, Elmar Krieger a écrit :
> > Hi,
> >
> > my application uses POV-Ray for rendering, so my users first install POV-Ray and
> > then run my application.
> >
> > What happens often and leads to complaints is that users run my application at
> > work, go home, and when they come back the next morning, the work has not been
> > completed. Instead everything hangs at POV-Ray, which shows a Windows welcome
> > splash screen and waits for the user to click a button.
> >
> > So it appears that the first time you run POV-Ray after installing it, you need
> > to press a button. Is there any way to disable this behavior? How does POV-Ray
> > remember that it has been run once already? Can I maybe change a registry entry
> > or similar from my application?
> >
> > Thanks for your help,
> > Elmar
> >
> >
> >
> In "pvengine.ini", you have:
> [General]
> RunCount=484
> This tels you how many times POV-Ray have been started.
> Toward the end of the file, you find this section:
> [DontShowAgain]
> All items set to 1 will not be shown.
> Alain

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