[tex-live] Tex-Live 2004 Windows Installer

Jason Gatz jay_gatsby2000 at hotmail.com
Sat Nov 27 20:54:47 CET 2004

Making it do both ZIPs and filesystem would probably require hard coding 
everything and then simply checking which version of TeXLive is on the 
CD-ROM, but since you already have a Unix-based script to do this have you 
considered perhaps converting everything to Perl (or other scripting 
language) and making a Win32 GUI front end for it? This would probably be 
the easiest as you'd really only have to maintain one install script for all 
OS's and the OS dependent Win32 GUI would provide the necessary feedback 
like required dependancies, etc, all fed from the master script.

Have a look at: http://nsis.sourceforge.net/ it is an open source script 
based installer but provides a GUI interface, many open source projects use 
this as the installer tool. Have a look at the screen shots: 
http://nsis.sourceforge.net/features/screenshots/ these are of projects done 
with it.

- Jay

>From: Sebastian Rahtz <sebastian.rahtz at computing-services.oxford.ac.uk>
>To: Jason Gatz <jay_gatsby2000 at hotmail.com>
>CC: tex-live at tug.org
>Subject: Re: [tex-live] Tex-Live 2004 Windows Installer
>Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2004 17:24:16 +0000
>Jason Gatz wrote:
>>I am interested in making a Windows installer (using InstallShield or the 
>>free Nullsoft NSIS) of TexLive 2004 for Windows. Could you tell me what 
>>steps are required to install a TeXLive distribution? What did the old 
>>2003 installer do? Did it create any registry keys, etc?
>the problem for making an installer is that it has to either read zip 
>files, or the filesystem. do you have
>ideas on how to do that?
>Sebastian Rahtz      Information Manager, Oxford University Computing 
>13 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6NN. Phone +44 1865 283431
>OSS Watch: JISC Open Source Advisory Service

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