[sword-devel] Windows Self-Installer Modules

Peter von Kaehne refdoc at gmx.net
Fri Dec 19 13:17:15 MST 2008

Troy A. Griffitts wrote:
> Sorry Barry, yes, I forgot to include the request to cause the windows
> installer to not use the InstallScan facility in the SWORD engine.  I
> had planned to comment on this.
> The SWORD Engine also supports notification of new modules installed.
> This was added many years ago at the request of publishers who asked us
> to show their About information upon installation.  It is not Windows
> specific, but I don't believe we use it on any other platform.  

That is interesting. Yes, the two stage install suddenly makes sense. I
still dislike it from the point that not just no other platform makes
use of it, but also no other Windows programme AFAICT. at least not
BibleDesktop and probably also not BpBible which uses its own module
installer, I think.

> Basically this has the effect that after installing standalone books,
> the next time you run any application compiled against the SWORD C++
> engine, you will be prompted with something like: "Found New Module:
> XXXX" followed by the About for that module.
> This may not be a requirement any longer by any publisher.  I can't even
> remember who originally asked for this.

I had some similar requests, but I negotiated them away, telling them
this is physically impossible. The joys of ignorance :-)

Practially I guess the about screen and distribution conditions could be
put into an NSIS installer, similar as the GPL is often shown as a click

That would satisfy the requirement if it still exists anywhere.


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