Re: Examples, please?
Rob Brandt <rbrandt <at> csd-bes.net>
2003-02-05 20:32:07 GMT
Sean Su wrote:
> yeah, docs on this is sparce at the moment (to say the least).
> (contains info on what can return when querrying for platorms via .js
This one is particularly interesting, with the fine level of OS detail
resolved. But I'll deal with that in the future. For now I'll stick
with the config.ini feature, assuming I'm doing it right.
> 2) via config.ini. Given the 'Windows Registry' section that you found,
> here are the possible OS= key values. You can also OR them together
> Win95 debute - original release of win95 only
> Win95 - any win95
> Win98 - any win98
> NT3 - nt3.x
> NT4 - nt 4.x
> NT50 - win2k
> NT51 - winXP
> NT5 - any os >= win2k
So Mac values aren't supported? Is the OS= item supported only when
dealing with the Windows Registry sections? If so, is there any way to
identify in config.ini components that will install (we're talking files
here) on Windows but not on Mac, or in NT but not w98?
FWIW, my stategy so far is to hack what I'm getting from the Netscape
installer for my own purposes. The install.js files for my .xpi's are
very simple, copies of the one I got from the browser.xpi (If I remember
right). Regarding fonts, I have the following in my config.ini:
;***LOCALIZE ME BABY ***
Description Short=Windows Fonts
;*** LOCALIZE ME BABY ***
Description Long=Display and printing fonts for Windows
Install Size System=1
Install Size Archive=57
This installs the fonts into a subdirectory of my main application
folder. Later on, I copy them to the Windows Fonts folder:
Fail if Exists=FALSE
Do Not Uninstall=FALSE
repeated for each font I need to install. It seems to be working very
well on my w98 machine, have yet to test it on any flavor of NT. Do you
forsee any problems with this method?
> How are you trying to determine the previous installation path to your
I'm trying to adapt this from the Netscape config.ini, since it seems to
do this. I am suspecting that the sections [Locate Previous Product
Pathx] sections do this automatically. They refer to a registry key
[Product CurrentVersion] and [Product PreviousVersion] HKey; but it's
not finding mine even though I've verified that the paths exist in the
registry. I suspect that the script doesn't know what my [Product
Previous/CurrentVersion] are, and don't see anywhere in the Netscape
confog.ini where this variable is set.
> Rob Brandt wrote:
>>Thanks, Sean. Actually, I've made a ton of progress on this, and have gotten
>>the fonts installation working well by making the .xpi for the fonts, then
>>copying them into the PERSONAL_FONTS folder. I've only tested it on my w98
>>machine, but think it will work on NT/2000/XP too since it seems to know about
>>the fonts folder.
>>What would be really valueble to me in other issues is complete documentation on
>>what goes in to the config.ini file. For example, in the config.ini file for
>>Netscape 7.01 there is a section:
>>[Component Navigator-Windows Registry0]
>>To me, that last item suggests that component will only be run on WindowsXP
>>(NT5?). Yet I can find no documentation anywhere that says what the OS= item
>>does, or what the valid values for it are. I can only assume that there other
>>items undocumented that I would find useful. I did try and create a component
>>with that item to see if it would install on w98, and it does, so I'm not
>>"getting it". Having an item that would only run on certain platforms would
>>make my life a heck of a lot easier. I have an application that runs on
>>NT/2000/XP, w95/98/me, OS8-9, OSX, (and w3.1 and 68k macs, although I'm doubting
>>I'll have many requests for that platform, and possibly in the future linux).
>>You can see why I hope that XPInstall would be an ideal candidate for an installer.
>>Another issue I struggled with last night before sleep overtook me was
>>determining the previously defined (in the registry) installation path to my
>>application. Seems like it should work. Doesn't.
>>Thanks for your response.
>>Quoting Sean Su <ssu <at> netscape.com>:
>>>Have you already created a .xpi file for the fonts? The native windows
>>>installer does not actually do the installation of files, but rather it
>>>gathers information from the user and system, then passes the .xpi files
>>>needing to be installed to the xpinstall engine.
>>>I'm not sure how much you know about how the entire process works. Let
>>>me know if you need more help on this.
>>>Rob Brandt wrote:
>>>>OK, I've dived in to making my own installer using the stubs. I've
>>>>focused on the windows version since it's much better commented than
>>>>the Mac version. I have a mostly working installer.
>>>>There's a couple of things I don't see how to do. It would be nice if
>>>>I could see and example of how this works.
>>>>1) Install fonts in windows. I see from the config.ini that is used
>>>>in the Netscape installer that the stub is aware of where the fonts
>>>>folder is, in PERSONAL_FONTS. But how to get them installed,
>>>>2) Windows versions: My app has some minor differences between Windows
>>>>95/98/Me and NT/200/XP. It would be really nice if config.ini could
>>>>sense which version it was on, and select the correct package.
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