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From Oliver-Rainer Wittmann <orwittm...@googlemail.com>
Subject Re: Introduction and start working
Date Wed, 21 Sep 2011 11:14:02 GMT
Hi Martin,

On 21.09.2011 12:07, Martin Hollmichel wrote:
> Hi,
>
> Am 20.09.2011 12:26, schrieb Oliver-Rainer Wittmann:
>> Hi,
>>
> [...]
>> I will start working on a consolidation of the Windows Build software
>> requirements as given on
>> http://ooo-wiki.apache.org/wiki/Documentation/Building_Guide/Building_on_Windows:
>>
>> - get rid of dependence on unicows.dll
> This will have some impact wrt system requirements ? Which Windows
> version will be affected by this change ?
>> -- take over issue 88652
>> (https://issues.apache.org/ooo/show_bug.cgi?id=88652) from Mathias and
>> perform the given tasks.

As stated in issue 88652 by Mathias, unicows.dll is no longer needed as 
the support for win9x has been dropped.
Here, I am trusting Mathias. Is this information correct?

>> - get rid of dependence on instmsiw.exe and instmsia.exe
> also this will iirc have some dependencies wrt system requirements, what
> do you consider as minimum Windows baseline ? I would be fine with a XP
> System SP2,

I would alse be fine with Windows XP SP2 as the minimum Windows 
operating system as it is already stated in the building guide for 
Windows - 
http://ooo-wiki.apache.org/wiki/Documentation/Building_Guide/Building_on_Windows

>> -- I did not find any reference to these files in the sources.
> They come from the installer SDK,

As I can see on my system (Windows 7) the files instmsiw.exe and 
instmsia.exe are no longer included in "Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 
Express" or "Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008"

I also did not see that these files are included in an OOo installation 
set, if they are copied into ../external/msi/.

Searching for information about the Microsoft Windows Installer - namely 
these executables - results that
- the Microsoft Windows Installer is part of the Windows operating 
system since versions Windows 2000 and Windows ME.
- for previous Windows versions (95, 98, 98 2nd Edition) the Microsoft 
Windows Installer has be manually installed. As far as I know these 
Windows version are no longer supported by OOo. Is this correct?

Thus, I concluded that these files are no longer needed.
Does anyone has further information?

Thanks and best regards,
Oliver

> greetings,
>
> Martin
>
>

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