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Re: setup alternatives (was Re: Bespoke installations: simple elegance of setup.exe when setup.ini is absent)

Max Bowsher kirjoitti:
Jani Tiainen wrote:

Why to reinvent wheel..?

You could use existing systems, like Debian package-system (deb),
RPM-system like Fedora Core/RedHat, or Gentoo's Emerge.

All working, proven technologies.

Would you like to have a go at porting one of them to Windows, then?

Sorry to say but I'm too busy with my current Planner porting (and enhancing). And I use less and less cygwin every day.

Also, what about a GUI?

I'm not familiar with RPM thingies, but I know that there exists GUI's for them.

For DEB there is of course aptitude (curses-based) and at least Synaptic , GTK+ based.

I would very much like to see an RPM or DEB based Cygwin, but I've never had a suitably large chunk of free time to devote to such an undertaking. I recently tried to get rpm-4.4.1 working on Cygwin, but although it compiled, it segfaulted immediately on startup. Of course, really we would need a native Windows port, which would be even harder.

In my experience porting GTK+ is pretty easy, if lucky it goes without real pain...

I think that one of the feasible could be some GUI + needed packages to put up in single setupfile.. (similiar to "net install" images for Linux distros). After that it launches GUI and let user to select rest of packages.


Jani Tiainen

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