Installer (WAS: RE: next net release preview)

Earnie Boyd
Thu Feb 24 13:43:00 GMT 2000

--- "Parker, Ron" <> wrote:
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mumit Khan [ mailto:khan@NanoTech.Wisc.EDU ]
> Sent: Thursday, February 24, 2000 2:53 PM
> To: Parker, Ron
> Cc:;
> Subject: Re: Installer (WAS: RE: next net release preview) 
> <snip>
> > 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.

I've just found a GNU package named stow that is a simple installer.  It's
dependancy though is perl.  It can be found on your favorite FSF mirror.

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