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Re: WIN32 Users - Unified MSI Installer

From: Carlos Alberto Costa Beppler <beppler_at_gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2008 23:44:17 -0300

We are using Wix 3.0 to build the installers of the products of our
company, and would like to help you to move to this kind of installer.

2008/6/2 Troy Simpson <troy_at_ebswift.com>:
> Hi,
> I am the maintainer for the win32 installer, and now that we have win32
> binaries for both Apache 2.0x and 2.2x I think it is better to have a
> unified installer where users can choose their binding.
> I have moved to a WiX based installer, and built the project & custom
> dialogs utilising the SharpDevelop designer. Because the installer uses a
> localisation file for all messages, this also opens up the possibility of
> localising the installer itself, but let's get things working first.
> It appears that I have faithfully reproduced much of what the old installer
> did, minus a couple of things which are of a far lower priority than getting
> the installer working. Specifically what is missing is the ability to elect
> to install a desktop shortcut (no desktop shortcut is installed from this
> installer) and the summary screen that shows selections before install.
> Because customised selections are so few this would not be a priority.
> I think there are a couple of good reasons to move this way:
> * unified installer, one download for all
> * MSI installer - better for systems administrators (network installs etc.)
> There is currently one known issue, and that is after an uninstall the same
> 'post install' message screen shows that you would see after an install.
> I do not plan on supporting upgrades, rather overwrite installs would be
> simpler at this stage. As far as testing goes this will be more for future
> installs where we need to ensure that successful overwrite installs occur.
> Please test this installer, and if we agree to go this way I will look to
> make a 1.5 installer as soon as we have the release binaries available for
> Apache 2.0x & 2.2x. I am particularly looking for people to test this
> installer both against Apache 2.0 & Apache 2.2x.
> Here is the beta installer for Subversion 2.4.6:
> http://www.ebswift.com/Temp/Setup-Subversion.msi
> Please do not make that installer public. I will provide all the build
> source for someone to check in for me if it is decided to go this way. In
> that respect I will be happy for any contributions to improve the installer.
> Regards,
> Troy Simpson
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