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NewsArchive
10-23-1997, 12:00 AM
Hi

I write applications and put them on our server, and then place shortcuts
to the "main" .exe on the server for the users to run.

When I create an installation with IS it always seems to want to create a
directory on the c:\ of the target, and produce a shortcut to the .exe it
places on the hard disk. What i want to do really is for IS to install all
the components onto the target necessary to run the .exe, to create no
directory on the c:\ of the target, but instead create a shortcut pointing
back to the .exe on the server. This means that when i release a new
version of the .exe all I have to do is drop one copy of the .exe onto the
server and everybody will then be running the latest .exe.

How do i do this with IS. I've had a fiddled around, but its not obvious
how to do it. (or is it ?)

any help would be appreciated, please mail me direct if you can !

Trevor Daniel
Gallaher Group Plc.
Cardiff, S.Wales, UK

NewsArchive
10-23-1997, 12:00 AM
On 23 Oct 97 10:46:40 GMT, "Trevor Daniel" <danielt@galltl.co.uk> wrote:
>places on the hard disk. What i want to do really is for IS to install all
>the components onto the target necessary to run the .exe, to create no
>directory on the c:\ of the target, but instead create a shortcut pointing

You don't need to add the EXE into an installation. You simply leave the
main executable field blank in the first Dialog.

You can call a small extension that will retrieve that serverpath and
modify the <INSTALLDIR> parameter to let InstallShield create the shortcut.

Stefan
ellipse data systems

NewsArchive
10-23-1997, 12:00 AM
On 23 Oct 97 10:46:40 GMT, "Trevor Daniel" <danielt@galltl.co.uk> wrote:
>places on the hard disk. What i want to do really is for IS to install all
>the components onto the target necessary to run the .exe, to create no
>directory on the c:\ of the target, but instead create a shortcut pointing

You don't need to add the EXE into an installation. You simply leave the
main executable field blank in the first Dialog.

You can call a small extension that will retrieve that serverpath and
modify the <INSTALLDIR> parameter to let InstallShield create the shortcut.

Stefan
ellipse data systems

NewsArchive
10-29-1997, 01:00 AM
I am currently evaluating ISE and have arranged to purchase it, but I have
encountered the same problem as trevor. this seems to be a real problem.
There must be a simple way to achieve this using express.

thanks in advance,
Pat Harper




Stefan Paetow wrote in message <344fd605.32483969@news.installshield.com>...
>On 23 Oct 97 10:46:40 GMT, "Trevor Daniel" <danielt@galltl.co.uk> wrote:
>>places on the hard disk. What i want to do really is for IS to install all
>>the components onto the target necessary to run the .exe, to create no
>>directory on the c:\ of the target, but instead create a shortcut pointing
>
>You don't need to add the EXE into an installation. You simply leave the
>main executable field blank in the first Dialog.
>
>You can call a small extension that will retrieve that serverpath and
>modify the <INSTALLDIR> parameter to let InstallShield create the shortcut.
>
>Stefan
>ellipse data systems

NewsArchive
10-29-1997, 01:00 AM
I am currently evaluating ISE and have arranged to purchase it, but I have
encountered the same problem as trevor. this seems to be a real problem.
There must be a simple way to achieve this using express.

thanks in advance,
Pat Harper




Stefan Paetow wrote in message <344fd605.32483969@news.installshield.com>...
>On 23 Oct 97 10:46:40 GMT, "Trevor Daniel" <danielt@galltl.co.uk> wrote:
>>places on the hard disk. What i want to do really is for IS to install all
>>the components onto the target necessary to run the .exe, to create no
>>directory on the c:\ of the target, but instead create a shortcut pointing
>
>You don't need to add the EXE into an installation. You simply leave the
>main executable field blank in the first Dialog.
>
>You can call a small extension that will retrieve that serverpath and
>modify the <INSTALLDIR> parameter to let InstallShield create the shortcut.
>
>Stefan
>ellipse data systems

NewsArchive
10-30-1997, 01:00 AM
On Wed, 29 Oct 1997 11:43:05 +1100, "Pat Harper" <pharper@dot.net.au>
wrote:
>I am currently evaluating ISE and have arranged to purchase it, but I have
>encountered the same problem as trevor. this seems to be a real problem.
>There must be a simple way to achieve this using express.

Pat, I recently had a quick brainstorm with InstallShield and I mentioned
this since many want this feature. I believe that this feature should be
included in future versions.

In the meantime you will have to use the IShellLink functions in the WIN32
API to archieve this.

Stefan
ellipse data systems

NewsArchive
10-30-1997, 01:00 AM
On Wed, 29 Oct 1997 11:43:05 +1100, "Pat Harper" <pharper@dot.net.au>
wrote:
>I am currently evaluating ISE and have arranged to purchase it, but I have
>encountered the same problem as trevor. this seems to be a real problem.
>There must be a simple way to achieve this using express.

Pat, I recently had a quick brainstorm with InstallShield and I mentioned
this since many want this feature. I believe that this feature should be
included in future versions.

In the meantime you will have to use the IShellLink functions in the WIN32
API to archieve this.

Stefan
ellipse data systems

NewsArchive
11-03-1997, 01:00 AM
Just a note :

There are 2 Articles in the MS Knowledge Base discussing how to "Create
Shortcuts (Shell Links) within windows

They are :

Q155303
Q140443

Trevor

NewsArchive
11-03-1997, 01:00 AM
Just a note :

There are 2 Articles in the MS Knowledge Base discussing how to "Create
Shortcuts (Shell Links) within windows

They are :

Q155303
Q140443

Trevor