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[TSVN] Re: Setup package changes

From: SteveKing <steveking_at_gmx.ch>
Date: 2005-07-21 22:35:04 CEST

(answering to the dev list - this belongs there)

Peter Mounce wrote:
> How would you prefer I do the changes? Some will require the creation
> of new files, some will require changes in existing files. Would you
> prefer if I try to do everything at once, or would you prefer if I sent
> you a succession of patches as I implement each thing?

That's completely up to you. I also could give you commit access so you
can commit your changes directly. You just have to make sure that you
don't commit a change which doesn't build - otherwise the nightlies
won't work. (I need your tigris.org ID to give you commit access).
Lübbe could also open an account in our issuetracker so you can keep
track of the changes you want/need to make.

> Where do you stand on vertical whitespace? If it were me, I'd want to
> split up the existing file some, but will certainly accede to any
> established convention you prefer ;)

I'd prefer to split the file up into several ones too. The file we have
now was originally generated with dark and edited - that's why it's all
in one file.

> This will all wait until I've got the build running on my own machine,
> of course, so that I can test building the setups.
>
> So far, I've come up with this list of requirements based on peoples'
> replies:
>
> - it doesn't remember where you've previously installed TSVN, to
> populate the suggested path from that.
>
> - it doesn't remember your previous preference for installing for
> everyone's use or just your user account's.
>
> - inform the user if they are updating an existing version, that if they
> do so, they will overwrite their current version? (Obvious, but, well,
> some people like the warning)

I don't think a warning is necessary. People just want to install the
package - they expect the installer to handle updates/upgrades
automatically.

> - provide one of those tree lists for installing different features?
> Unfortunately I don't think it's possible to give features a url, and
> then have the package interactively download them as the user requests -
> that would seem ideal for the translations and the dictionaries...

I've already removed the thesaurus. The installer is now about 5.5MB
which should be small enough.

> - [the setup package code] be split up into WiX fragments, so we
> separate out the UI from the main guts (for example)? (If so, this will
> require an edit to the build script, I think; just the files to candle)

A change to build.bat shouldn't be necessary. Just the build script of
the installer.

> - [the setup package code] use a wxi include file for things like the
> UpgradeVersion GUID, the version number, and other things used in more
> than one place that can be referred to with
> $(var.VariableNameFromWxiFile) syntax.

Are those used in more than one place?

> - this includes the various COM component GUIDs (I assume they're
> for COM components, anyhow) that recur about 4 times each - they would
> be better off in an include file, strictly speaking. Depends how
> "proper" you'd prefer things to be...

We don't have self registering COM components. So the GUID's must be set
in the installer. But separating them into an include file seems to be a
good idea.

> - the 'show changelog' checkbox only works the first time. If you
> deselect, then select it again, the changelog isn't shown anymore.
>
> - The installer should stop the TSVNCache.exe process (send a WM_CLOSE
> message?) before trying to update the file
> - not certain how to do this from an MSI yet; a custom action is
> likely needed, and I don't know how to produce an unmanaged-C++ dll to
> do that.

Maybe it's possible to just kill a process?

> - there may be an existing CA dll in the WiX project; I'll ask on
> their list in a bit...
>
> - Is it possible to ask for the program group where the TSVN links are
> to be installed in?
> - use a simple textbox for the user to type a path in from the start
> menu root.

If possible, the progress indicator should be improved too. Currently,
the progress indicator runs through several times instead of showing the
overall progress. Also, a text indicating which components are currently
being installed would be great.

Stefan

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