Can't configure setup.exe from CVS (and a plea for setup.exe alternative)

Patrick J. LoPresti
Fri Dec 17 18:59:00 GMT 2004

Christopher Faylor writes:

> Anyone know of a suitable, free setup-like utility that could be
> pressed into service for use with cygwin?

NSIS has already been mentioned.

The other open-source utility I know of is Inno Setup

But if you really want to do yourself and your users a favor, you will
find some way to produce .msi packages (see  MSI is
Microsoft's standard, and it provides several nice things
automatically, such as "Add/Remove Programs", unattended installation,
integration with SuS, and so on.

MSI also has a model for "components" which you might be able to

The only problem is that the free tools for producing MSI packages are
fairly nascent.  See, for instance, <>
and <>.

 - Pat

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