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  • Overview
  • Specifying the destination directory of one or more files to install
  • Specifying the computers onto which each one of the files must be installed (network setup)
  • If you are performing a network setup
  • Copying and compressing one or more files
  • Overview
  • Avoiding compressing one or more files when generating the setup program
  • Avoiding compressing and installing one or more files on the setup computer
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WDINST: configuring the characteristics of the files to install
Overview
The setup editor WDINST allows you to configure the characteristics of the files to install. You can:
  • Specify the destination directory of one or more files.
  • Specify the computers on which each file must be installed (network setup).
  • Copy and compress one or more files.
By default:
  • The destination directory of the files corresponds to the setup directory chosen by the user during the setup.
  • The data files (".FIC", ".NDX" and ".MMO") are installed on the server and all the other files are installed in the user computers.
  • The files are compressed when the setup program is generated and they are installed on the setup computer.
The characteristics of the files to install are configured in the setup editor WDINST. To start WDInst, select "Tools .. WDINST - Setup editor".To start WDInst, on the "Tools" pane, in the "Utilities" group, click "WDInst".
Unlike the wizard for creating the setup program, the setup editor WDINST proposes an advanced management of the characteristics files to install.
Specifying the destination directory of one or more files to install
The destination directory was specified when adding the file into the list of files to install.
To modify the destination directory of one or more files:
  1. Select the requested files in the "List of setup files" window.
    To select several files simultaneously, keep the [Ctrl] or [Shift] key down when selecting the files.
  2. Display the "Path" tab of the "File description" window.
  3. Specify the destination directory of the selected files ("Directory"). The following keywords can be used:
    • <SetupDir>: setup directory chosen by the user during the setup.
    • <SetupDrive>: drive of the setup directory chosen by the user during the setup.
    • <Language>: number of the setup language.
    • <SetupFile>: setup directory of the data files. The setup editor WDINST is used to configure this directory. See Configuring the directory of data files for more details.
    • <DirUserData>: directory of data for the connected user (especially for a setup performed on a computer running Windows Vista or later).
    • <DirCommonData>: directory of data common to the users (especially for a setup performed on a computer running Windows Vista or later).
    • <User>: User Name
    • <srXXX>: Constants of SysDir.
      For example: "<SetupDir>\MyDirectory".
  4. If a single file is selected, this file can be renamed during its setup. All you have to do is specify the new name of the file ("File").
Note: The destination directory of a file can also be modified in the "List of setup files" window. To do so, click the "Destination directory" column and enter the new destination directory.
Specifying the computers onto which each one of the files must be installed (network setup)

If you are performing a network setup

  • On the server only (data files shared by all the users for example).
  • On the user computers only (the executable of the application for example).
  • Both on the server and on the user computers (a ".INI" file used to configure the application installed on the server with the default parameters and the applications installed on the user computers with the parameters specific to the users for example).
To specify the computers on which one or more files must be installed:
  1. Select the requested files in the "List of setup files" window.
    To select several files simultaneously, keep the [Ctrl] or [Shift] key down when selecting the files.
  2. Display the "Option" tab of the "File description" window.
  3. To install the selected files:
    • On the server, check "This file is installed on the server".
    • On the user computers, check "This file is installed on the client".
    • On the server and on the user computers, check "This file is installed on the server" and "This file is installed on the client".
Copying and compressing one or more files

Overview

By default, each file selected for the setup will be:
  • Compressed when the setup program is generated.
  • Installed on the setup computer.
The setup editor WDINST allows you to modify this default operating mode.
For example, your setup is using an "autorun". This "autorun" is used to start a program presenting the different features of your application found on the CD.
In this example, the setup editor WDINST allows you to:
  • Avoid compressing the files used by this overview program. This program can be directly run from the CD. This program will be installed with the application.
  • Avoid compressing and installing the files used by the overview program. This program can be directly run from the CD. This program will not be installed with the application.

Avoiding compressing one or more files when generating the setup program

To avoid compressing one or more files when generating the setup program:
  1. In the "List of setup files" window, select the files that must not be compressed.
    To select several files simultaneously, keep the [Ctrl] or [Shift] key down when selecting the files.
  2. Display the "Option" tab of the "File description" window.
  3. Check "Do not compress the file".

Avoiding compressing and installing one or more files on the setup computer

To avoid compressing and installing one or more files on the setup computer:
  1. Select the requested files in the "List of setup files" window.
    To select several files simultaneously, keep the [Ctrl] or [Shift] key down when selecting the files.
  2. Display the "Option" tab of the "File description" window.
  3. Check "Copy at the root of CD or last diskette".
These files will be copied:
  • At the root of the CD if the setup medium corresponds to a CD.
  • At the root of the last diskette if the setup medium corresponds to diskettes.
  • Into the specified directory if the setup medium corresponds to a single directory.
  • Into the last created sub-directory if the setup medium corresponds to a directory cut to the size of a diskette.
Minimum required version
  • Version 9
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