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From "Mark H. Wood" <mw...@IUPUI.Edu>
Subject re[2]: [users@httpd] Configure silent windows [MSI] installation
Date Wed, 12 Oct 2005 14:33:20 GMT
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On Tue, 11 Oct 2005, Robert Desbois wrote:
> I don't believe it is - I've foudn out all of the syntax from the MSDN
> site, as far as I can tell, because it is an MSI file, any configuration
> must be passed as PARAMETER=VALUE pairs on the command line, e.g.
> something like msiexec /i /qn apache-blah.msi domain=mydomain.com ...

Yes.  IIRC this just adds a row ("domain","mydomain.com") to the in-memory
instance of the PROPERTIES table in the installer database.

> If I am right in thinking this, then the parameters are part of the
> installer, hence it is an httpd question. If not, apologies :)

Well, actually, with MSI the parameters being part of the installer would
mean that it is *not* an httpd question.  But they aren't.  MSIEXEC is the
installer, and it comes with Windows.  Each package may be dependent on
the values of parameters which are defined by the package's maker, and
MSIEXEC just makes their values available for testing when the package is
interpreted.  A proper MSI-based executable "installer" just disgorges a
.msi into a scratch directory and invokes MSIEXEC on it with the
appropriate arguments (and should be able to just unpack itself and *not*
call MSIEXEC when so instructed, for those of us who must do mass
deployments via Group Policy!).

So if the package (apache-blah.msi) accepts parameters which customize its
installation then the meanings and permitted values of those parameters
are indeed an httpd question, or at least a question for the person who
makes the MSI package.  Listizens on a list for MSI questions wouldn't be
able to answer such a question, since they didn't design the package and
don't know what its database contains.

- -- 
Mark H. Wood, Lead System Programmer   mwood@IUPUI.Edu
Open-source executable:  $0.00.  Source:  $0.00  Control:  priceless!

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