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From "Daniel S. Reichenbach" <>
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.

Open Server Architecture project      
Daniel S. Reichenbach                         

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