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From "Dwayne Miller" <>
Subject Re: Win32 installer
Date Wed, 09 Jan 2002 21:16:13 GMT
Not being that familiar with rolling a cab, and MsiDatabaseApi,  where 
can one go to see some examples of this.

William A. Rowe, Jr. wrote:

>From: "Mladen Turk" <>
>Sent: Wednesday, January 09, 2002 1:52 PM
>>Perhaps off the topic, but why we are using commercial setup software for a
>>BSD licensed one?
>>Cannot figure out what is the sw you are using for the httpd-win32-msi
>>project, Install Shiled Pro?
>>Take a look at
>Because 1. it fits a typical win32 user's expectations, 2. it was written 
>[by me] at Covalent and donated to Apache, 3. it replaced a then-broken
>propritary installer format and scripting (InstallSheildPro 2.0, I think) 
>and was ment to be the -starting- point for the win32 installer.
>That is, it's just an .msi database.  Anyone with the time and inclination
>(I've run out recently, may revisit it) can simply take the .msi file, and
>propogate it with the current version.
>My philosopy on any .msi authoring package is that they simply make pretty
>dialog editors, and any modest project like apache should roll it's own
>cab, update the files list through the MsiDatabaseApi, and volia.
>In any case, since I've supported it, it's terribly irrelevant.  Unless
>one of the project members cares to take on that burden, it's whatever
>happens to be convenient for me.  Of course I'll share, if anyone else
>wants to assist.  [Noone expressed much interest except in using VBScript,
>which I naysayed, or continuing the ISPro flavor installer, which I didn't
>care to fight with.]
>Finally ... I took the cue from ActiveState Perl, if you want to know :)

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