What is Status2k?
Status2k is a server monitoring and statistics tool. Not only for use by server administrators but also a great tool for displaying server statistics such as uptime and server load to your future and current clients!
just installed ioncube to run it wow that was easy, heard ioncube has better support than zend to!
Well done deastwood. Installing the Loaders really is easy, and when people do get install problems, they're usually easily resolved as hosts generally give good support if it's needed.
I think that scribby just uses the online Encoder, so at the moment that means that like Zend encoded files, the files are binary encoded and can easily be corrupted during installation. It's one of the most common causes of problems that users can find during installation. Scripts produced using the main Encoder have an advantage as the files are armoured by an ASCII layer, avoiding the corruption that often happens when FTP programs try to be clever and translate line breaks between the windows convention and the Unix convention from assuming that .php files are ASCII, or because they think that files are all ASCII as the first fiew hundred bytes are.
offer a download without all the ioncube files aswell.
This is a good idea for folks that don't need the Loaders, or at least bundle just the 32 bit Linux and Windows Loaders as these are the most common platforms, and then perhaps a download for the 64 bit Loaders. Loaders for the same platform compress well as they're almost the same, and it's Loaders for different platforms that cause package bloat. Users can also always download Loaders direct from http://loaders.ioncube.com if they need them.
Another way to install that avoids the need to bundle Loaders and avoids the FTP issues, and that application providers have started to pick up on is creating an installer with products like the Package Foundry. We all take for granted that you can install a local Windows program with a nice installer, and if you downloaded some evaluation product for Windows that was just in a zip file and you had to create your own program files entry, use regedit etc. then you'd just put it in the trash and move on - yet, that's exactly what most vendors expect us to do for web applications by giving a zip archive with a bunch of files, a readme and best of luck wishes! It's then up to the end user to pfaff around with FTP, probably adjust custom file permissions, edit config files, and if the product has binary encoded files, do this all over again a second or third time when they find out that they trashed the files the first time from doing an ASCII or auto selected upload or because WinZIP mangled the files first with its TAR smart cr/lf conversion! It's really amazing that web products are still distributed in that way.