[OpenAFS] Re: [OpenAFS-announce] OpenAFS 1.2.10 for
WinNT/2000/XP available (fwd)
Fri, 15 Aug 2003 11:11:24 -0400
I would recommend use of a pure MSI file (and by "pure," I mean
unadulterated by InstallScript and its commercial license). MSI-based
installers are fully scriptable when done correctly, deployable via MS
Active Directory, and modifiable using free and well-documented tools
available in the Microsoft Platform SDK.
I've made one for use here at NC State University, using Orca (free from
Microsoft) and some of the work already done by Scott Williams. However, I
need to add a few things to make it useful elsewhere. For example, I need
to write a custom-action Dll to register afslogon.dll as a Network Provider
(we don't use afslogon.dll at NCSU). I would also need to set it up as a
part of the normal AFS build process -- which should be possible using
command-line tools in the Platform SDK.
The project in its current state is available at:
Feel free to do with this what you will.
--On Thursday, August 14, 2003 2:03 PM -0400 Stephen Joyce
> I'm more of a unix admin (who occasionally must delve into the dark
> side)... so I don't know if NSIS is appropriate to use or not, but I have
> to admit that it looks promising.... and any product that claims to have
> "SuperPiMP (tm)" technology has a certain humorous appeal. :-)
> Coming from the unix world, I have a strong desire to script anything that
> I must do more than ~3 times. I don't like manually installing software
> on multiple windoze machines. The 1.2.9a installer, when called with /r
> would create a setup.iss file which when later used with the /s option
> would automatically answer all but 2 of the install questions. The 1.2.10
> installer seems to blissfully ignore any flags I send to it...
> Stephen Joyce
> Systems Administrator P A N I C
> Physics & Astronomy Department Physics & Astronomy
> University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Network Infrastructure
> voice: (919) 962-7214 and Computing
> fax: (919) 962-0480 http://www.panic.unc.edu
> You don't need to be faster than the bear which is chasing
> you. You merely need to be faster -- or less tasty -- than
> the others running with you.
> --- From "Maintaining system security"
> On Wed, 13 Aug 2003, Murawski, Rob wrote:
>> I have been considering re-writing all of the installer files to use
>> something more current than InstallShield. (And more available) I was
>> looking for an open source installer program so that anyone can build
>> the entire package. The one I came across that looked pretty good was
>> the NullSoft Scriptable Install System (NSIS):
>> http://nsis.sourceforge.net/site/index.php It does not build MSI files,
>> but I haven't found anything free that does. (Does anyone know of such
>> an animal?)
>> I'm not sure if there are any licensing conflicts with doing this, but I
>> imagine it would be OK. It seems to support the feature set we need--I
>> just need to go over the InstallShield script and convert the
>> Unfortunately, I wouldn't be able to port the installer text to the
>> other languages. Any issues with this?
>> As a note, I'm not an InstallShield guru--I just used what was in the
>> source tree to build the image. I'm kind of surprised anything changed
>> between the 1.2.9a and 1.2.10 builds other than removing the additional
>> -Rob Murawski
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Stephen Joyce [mailto:email@example.com]
>> Sent: Wednesday, August 13, 2003 11:59 AM
>> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
>> Subject: [OpenAFS] Re: [OpenAFS-announce] OpenAFS 1.2.10 for
>> WinNT/2000/XP available (fwd)
>> I realize that beggars can't be choosers, but can a windows .exe
>> installer for 1.2.10 be provided that obeys the /r record and /s silent
>> install InstallShield features work (or a working MSI--I'm not picky).
>> The silent install kinda-sorta worked with the 1.2.9 installer, but
>> appears to not work at all with the 1.2.10 installer.
>> Stephen Joyce
>> Systems Administrator P A N I
>> Physics & Astronomy Department Physics &
>> University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Network
>> voice: (919) 962-7214 and
>> fax: (919) 962-0480
>> You don't need to be faster than the bear which is chasing
>> you. You merely need to be faster -- or less tasty -- than
>> the others running with you.
>> --- From "Maintaining system security"
>> On Mon, 11 Aug 2003, Derrick J Brashear wrote:
>> > As always, the latest release can be found at:
>> > http://www.openfs.org/release/latest.html
>> > Thanks to Rob Murawski for the build.
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