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From "William A. Rowe, Jr." <>
Subject Re: Packaging for distribution - replacement for InstallShield functionality?
Date Wed, 22 Nov 2006 12:27:16 GMT
Andrew McIntyre wrote:
> There is a large body of usage outside the ASF that is documented on
> the NSIS website as well. As for other Windows-only options, httpd
> distributes an MSI installer for Windows, but I have no knowledge of
> how that is actually generated.

InstallShield.  Actually, IS did something fun - the modern versions pull
everything from xml - so it's not to hard to bump versions, etc (but adding
components or files to the package requires the full version).  To just
roll a package, IS has a build-only flavor of the product, which can
probably be correctly licensed to liberally let the various committers to
roll the project.

But just about every .msi packaging solution is just a bit short of one-
answer-for-all.  Even httpd's doesn't use IS's script, vbscript etc, but
we actually rolled in the whopping 135kb windows AWK interpreter to rewrite
the post-install files we wanted.

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