Re: Windows Build
Gareth Smith <garethdanielsmith <at> gmail.com>
2011-07-12 20:09:22 GMT
On 12/07/11 13:29, Guido Tack wrote:
> On 3 Jul 2011, at 12:38, Andreas Rossberg wrote:
>> Apart from not using MSI as the distribution format, probably not. Maybe there are some free tools that
can build MSIs, but I wouldn't know, and haven't looked in years.
>> To be honest, I always found MS's packaging tool rather annoying, in particular, since it couldn't be
automated properly, and all configuration had to be done in a tedious GUI. These days I would probably opt
for something else (e.g. the Nullsoft installer seems pretty common, but I have never looked at it).
> We use the wix toolkit (http://wix.sourceforge.net/, open source from Microsoft) for Gecode. It's free
and scriptable, you just have to specify what goes in the msi using XML. But it's probably still a lot of work
to write wix specs for Alice.
Wix does look like a nice way of generating MSIs, but as you say it
looks like a lot of work (particularly for someone not well acquainted
with Windows Installer). NSIS also looks interesting (and with less of a
learning curve). Inno Setup looks interesting too.
I have read a lot of crap about Install Shield though! It is bizarre
that it is so widely used.
Thanks for your responses