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Questions and issues surrounding Runner

It seems that Runner is a new feature added in 2020 https://www.psychopy.org/changelog.html

Is there any documentation about it? I don’t see a section for it at https://www.psychopy.org/documentation.html

Wouldn’t it also be helpful to have a category for it on this forum?

I have issues with it. I don’t see the benefit of having it. And I am not alone.

https://www.psychopy.org/changelog.html says the benefits of Runner are

  • provides some ‘Alerts’ about things that might go wrong in their study #2646
  • allows you to run/save/open a set of studies without opening a window for each one
  • allows online studies to run locally in “debug” mode to test the study before uploading

Regarding

  • provides some ‘Alerts’ about things that might go wrong in their study #2646

I am satisfied with the warning and error traceback from the old coder. Runner has given me false error traceback

Regarding

  • allows you to run/save/open a set of studies without opening a window for each one

Runner failed to distinguish files from different dir of the same name (whether clicked run from Builder or from Coder)

Here is another question:
how do I add a task using the plus sign in Runner? I clicked the plus sign and a file browser pops up, but I am allowed to choose a psyexp file, a py file, or a dir contain any of those two.

OS (e.g. Win10): mac 10.15.4
PsychoPy version (e.g. 1.84.x): 2020.1.2
Standard Standalone? (y/n) If not then what?: y

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I am currently getting around Runner by
pip installed psychopy2020.1.2 into my conda python3 env
open the psyexp file in Builder, click “compile to script”
run the py script from python3 env in terminal

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I was about to start a thread asking about documentation for Experiment Runner, but I see this thread already covers that. I would like to give this thread a bump.