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From "Jeff White" <jlw...@earthlink.net>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Win32 Installer question
Date Wed, 26 May 2004 20:58:36 GMT

From: "P. Dwayne Miller"

> What is the name of the CVS repository
> that holds the utils/scripts/etc
> for building the Win32 .msi file for Apache?

httpd-win32-msi
http://cvs.apache.org/viewcvs.cgi/httpd-win32-msi/


Have not "heard" what ASF plans are
but some Windows Installer FYI:

The current Windows Installer 2.0 version
is Windows Script aware.

Windows Installer
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/msi/setup/windows_installer_start_page.asp

Windows Installer Scripting Examples
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/msi/setup/windows_installer_scripting_examples.asp

Scripting Solutions with WSH and COM: Modifying
and Configuring Windows Installer Files
http://www.winnetmag.com/WindowsScripting/Article/ArticleID/19827/19827.html

Script Center
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/community/scriptcenter/default.mspx

The newest version, Windows Installer 3.0,
will be installed when Windows XP SP2 is
installed. Currently only Windows XP SP2
RC1 is out, with RC2 coming soon.

Windows XP Service Pack 2
Technical Preview Program
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winxppro/sp2preview.mspx

Windows Installer 3.0 makes patches easy.

Windows Installer 3.0 does not run on Windows
NT or Windows 95 or Windows 98 or Windows
ME.

The Windows XP SP2 RC1 PSDK
(include files, libs, etc.) for RC1 is now
available:

Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 Platform SDK RC1
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=9be921b3-585e-47d9-bcc1-980879b69b34&DisplayLang=en

but Windows XP SP2 RC2 has "changes"
and is suppose to be out soon.

> for building the Win32 .msi file for Apache?
> And what tool, if any, do
> I need to build a customized .msi?
>

<quote>

WiX, a recently released open source
project on Source Forge from Microsoft
for creating MSI installers, can also setup
ACLs as well by letting you use simple
XML statements instead of authoring
a MSI table.

</quote>

Windows Installer XML (WiX) toolset
http://sourceforge.net/projects/wix/

Introducing Wix
http://www.ondotnet.com/pub/a/dotnet/2004/04/19/wix.html

O'Reilly Net on Getting Started with WiX
http://blogs.msdn.com/robmen/archive/2004/05/13/131692.aspx

There are .NET Framework classes too.

Jeff



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