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From "Daniel S. Reichenbach" <...@opensa.org>
Subject Installer for Win32 (was: RE: [Fwd: Got news about the 1.0.0 release ?])
Date Sun, 18 Jun 2000 18:46:39 GMT
I just digged into the documentation of the MSI to check possible
solutions for getting it running in a usable form, which at least
is as good as the previous Installshield version :-) The important
point is parsing the config files.

MSI allows us to do this in several ways:

 o patch the config files using custom actions and VBScript.
   Alternatives are VBScript and PerlScript.
   This would require the end-users to have the Windows
   Scripting Host installed.
   In the eye of the ILOVEYOU storm a risky thing to do.

 o update the install.dll for MSI to do patching. Would offer
   a good way to make the installation more comfortable with
   options like installation-dependant configuration.
   A bit more work, as i would have to port my parser from
   installshield to c, but it would be worth it.

Thats it for now. More on this in the next days.

/me
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Open Server Architecture project                http://www.opensa.org/
Daniel S. Reichenbach                                   dsr@opensa.org


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