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From Rasmus Lerdorf <>
Subject Re: 1.3.1...
Date Sat, 18 Jul 1998 21:44:12 GMT
> Umm, maybe, but I'm not sure I like using IS5. You tend to have to write
> IS5 install scripts with will lock you into the product. Since it is an
> awful piece of software, I'd prefer to keep Apache as neutral as possible. 
> With IS2 we are doing that by making the configuration process a DLL. Most
> other installers can launch DLL's, so we can easily change when we find a
> less evil product. I really wish someone would write a good freeware Win32
> installer. Having to use commercial products like this in Apache doesn't
> give me a very good feeling. 

Yeah, getting into the InstallShield blackmail scheme sucks.  

For the PHP project we use a tiny little installer.  It isn't free, but it
only costs $29.  See

It does everything we need.  Not that we need much.  A couple of registry
entries, ask the user for an installation directory and have it copy the
files there.  It does this nicely.


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