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Re: Change in the Windows installer

From: Branko Čibej <brane_at_xbc.nu>
Date: 2003-12-17 02:06:53 CET

This is issue 1628. The full installer which contains development
libraries should include .pdb files, too. This minimal installer doesn't
have to, but it would be nice to have at least the crash handler.

Jostein Chr. Andersen wrote:

>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.

Brane Čibej   <brane_at_xbc.nu>   http://www.xbc.nu/brane/
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Received on Wed Dec 17 02:09:36 2003

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