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Patch to create a Windows Installer MSI package

From: Peter 'Luna' Runestig
Subject: Patch to create a Windows Installer MSI package
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2003 19:13:33 +0200
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Hi all!

Last year, I put together a kind of (somewhat crude) toolkit to create
Windows Installer MSI installation packages from plain C code. A Windows
Installer MSI installation package is a database with installation
instructions, mostly used together with a set of files to be installed.
It's a very common software distribution format on the Windows platform.
The aim with the toolkit, is to make it possible to get a installation
ready MSI package as a result of the normal build process of the
software code. I've used the toolkit to make MSI installations for
Emacs, Mozilla, OpenSSL and Perl.

If anyone wants to try it out on Emacs, here is a link to the patch
(against CVS as of 20030920):

Just apply the patch, and
        cd nt
        nmake bootstrap
        nmake msi INSTALL_DIR=<some temp dir>
Only tested with MS VC++ and Platform SDK.

An already-made MSI installation is available here:

A MSI package can be made in many different ways. To change the way the
MSI is put together, you must change the nt/msi/makemsi.c file. If you
have a fairly good knowledge if the MSI internals, things should be
rather straightforward.

- Peter
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