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Re: Perl-based Installshield clone

by DrZaius (Monk)
on Jul 12, 2001 at 19:48 UTC ( #96075=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Perl-based Installshield clone

If you are going to do something like this, it should be in dispatch style.

When I install gui software, I want a small installer. I run it and it realizes I'm running distro x on architecture y, which uses rpms. Therefore, it pulls the rpms off of a web site, does dependency checking and so forth. My software is installed and I'm happy.

It should be able to work on and linux, *bsd, macos*, win*. Yes, I said win*, new versions of windows use MSI packages.

My requirements in an installer for opensource (or closed, I suppose) would be the following:

  • Cross platform/architecture
  • Web enabled (only download the installer first)
  • Only knows how to detect the operating system/platform and how to download the correct files.
Every platform is going to use packaging systems and locations for files. I wouldn't try to fight that but keep packages for all these different systems around.

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