Installer (WAS: RE: next net release preview)

Chris Faylor
Thu Feb 24 13:06:00 GMT 2000

On Thu, Feb 24, 2000 at 03:03:00PM -0600, Parker, Ron wrote:
>> I really would like to avoid touching InstallShield, especially given that
>> the version I have is a GUI driven that takes forever to put together for
>> packages with lots of directories and lots of files. Also, my version
>> doesn't allow running an application after installation finishes (post
>> install scripts are very useful).
>Agreed. I have the both InstallShield Professional and IS Express Pro.  They
>do allow for post installation scripts, but IS products contain numerous
>bugs and as of Version 6.0 have serious backward compatibility problems. Add
>to that I would like for whatever install program is used to be open source
>since CYGWIN itself is and I don't want to write something for its users
>that is not open source.

Personally, I don't think there is any reason for the installer to be a
GUI.  A simple text based application that asks questions about what
to install and where should be sufficient.


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