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From "Eric Esselink" <>
Subject Re: localization of content/apache server
Date Wed, 06 Aug 1997 07:11:40 GMT
Yeah, i love Installshield also. It is used by approx. 75% of all NT
programs ! My goal is to have an executable, which you double click
on the execute and that's the only thing you need to do. The InstallShield
script takes care of adjusting the default config files (like paths and so
After installing, the Apache WebServer for NT is up and running...

There are only two problems :
[1] making it, which will take me some time (1~2 weeks)
     I already build an installable NT version using InstallShield Express,
     it is to limited since it can't adjust the config files.
     I'm rebuilding it in InstallShield 5, so this time the install script
can change
     the config files as well.

[2] Licensing, Apache Inc. needs to have a written agreement from 
     InstallShield Corp. to distribute the exe file (which contains the
apache program).
     Their current licensing stuff says that if you buy InstallShield, your
     have an UNLIMITED license agreement. Meaning : buys once,
     distribute millions of installable exe's (not installshield itself of
     Price : $800 which isn't bad but maybe Brian can get us a free copy
    or at least agreement to distribute it without buying InstallShield.
    Currently i'm using a trial version.
    InstallShield URL :

The other things that need to happen for Apache4NT :
- Switch from config files to NT Registry
- Make GUI tool to admin the Apache WebServer.
  I know you Unix guys don't care much about Gui stuff, but on NT
  it must be done. Without it, users will reject it !
- Make it work with Microsoft Frontpage, so the content can be administered

Demands on NT products are generally higher, at least on some aspects,
people expect easy to use, easy to learn products. Spoiled by MS products,
everything must be easy. People responsible for NT server are most times
experienced the Unix admin's.

> From: Brian Behlendorf <>
> To:
> Subject: Re: localization of content/apache server
> Date: Tuesday, August 05, 1997 1:32 AM
> At 12:07 AM 8/5/97 -0700, you wrote:
> >Since i'm writing anyway about the NT Apache, the exe and dll should
> >include
> >version information so that the installer (which i'm building using
> >InstallShield5) knows
> >whether to replace or keep the already installed files.
> >I'll try to make a resource file that includes this version info and
> >it into the ftp
> >server.
> InstallShield?  Excellent!  That will take us up about 5 notches in look
> feel.  That's a good place to do initial configuration and module
> selection, too.  Wow.
> 	Brian
> "Why not?" - TL  - -

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