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Change in the Windows installer

From: Jostein Chr. Andersen <jostein_at_josander.net>
Date: 2003-12-12 10:00:29 CET


I really don't know if a final decision are made about how to treat the
trunk this days, so I'll ask here first:

I want to get rid of the debug symbol files (*.pdb) from the Windows
Installer. They occupies just to much space (both in the installer and
very much in the user's machine) and I can't recall that they have been
in use so far.

If the they really are required for managing to track errors if/when
something crash (how often is it?) then a compromise can be made:

 -Let the debug files be an option when installing. If something goes
  wrong on the user's machine, then she/he can run the installer again
  and include the *.pdb files (it will just take some few seconds and
  the installer knows where to install the files). Then a report can
  be sent to the dev list.

Unpacked size of the *.pdb files included in the installer: 88.2 MB!
Total size of the files unpacked by the installer is 100 MB!
Size of unpacked files without installing *.pdb files: Around 12 MB.

A change in the installer in order to use one of the two options above is
trivial and should not destabilized anything, but the advantages for the
user (we are doing this for the users, right?) are huge.
So: I want to change the installer a little bit. I want to get rid of the
symbol files but do not have a problem with including them and let the
end user choose to install them as an option.


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