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Thread: IA5.5.1 properties not detected in silent/console modes

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    IA5.5.1 properties not detected in silent/console modes

    Hi

    I use a product which has an IA5.5.1 Enterprise installer. Default mode is UI but I need to get this product installed on a whole bunch of machines quickly so I'm trying to automate by using silent mode. I am creating a properties file which I then pass to the installer with -f option (works fine) but I find a couple of crucial fields does not get picked up, in fact even when I run in UI mode their text box is set to '/' (this is on solaris) not the property value
    I turned up LAX debug and the properties are read in fine.

    I tried recording the UI installation with a -r option but installer failed saying not a recognised option :-(
    To figure out the property names I took a peek into the InstallScript.iap.xml file ( I guess that is a bit cheeky but it seemed to work )

    So can somebody clarify -is it possible that the installer only allows some changes to be possible when running in a GUI mode, not silent? (That would be tremendously annoying!)
    If so is there any way to get around it ?

    thanks

    Tim

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    Exclamation

    Your IA version has been obsoleted for years (thus the -r option not being present in that version). I guess that your issue is that some defaults are not defined for the respective platform (i.e. Solaris).
    Vlad

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    I think my main query is why can I enter a value using GUI mode on solaris which takes effect fine, but not when setting it as a property for silent mode?
    Just like to understand if that is common behaviour - seems a bit weird to me.
    I successfully set other properties such as installation directory using a property in silent mode

    Fully appreciate this is old technology!

    thanks

    Tim

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    Question

    Do you have access to the project that has been used for generating the installer?
    Vlad

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    No, its a 3rd party product.
    But like I say I extracted the config from the installer which is how I figured out the proprties to set, the salient portion I believe is this -

    <property name="guiGroups">
    <object class="java.util.Vector">
    <method name="addElement">
    <object class="com.zerog.ia.installer.util.GUIGroupData" objectID="787b084b8596">
    <property name="groupType">
    <int>3</int>
    </property>
    <property name="componentType">
    <int>7</int>
    </property>
    <property name="components">
    <object class="java.util.Vector">
    <method name="addElement">
    <object class="com.zerog.ia.installer.util.GUIComponentData" objectID="787b084c8596">
    <property name="label">
    <string><![CDATA[]]></string>
    </property> <property name="defaultValue">
    <string><![CDATA[]]></string>
    </property>
    <property name="variableName">
    <string><![CDATA[$JDKHOME$]]></string>
    </property>
    </object>
    </method>
    </object>
    </property>
    <property name="caption">
    <string><![CDATA[JDK version 1.4.2 Installation Directory]]></string>
    </property>
    <property name="additional">
    <object class="com.zerog.ia.installer.util.magicfolders.SystemDriveRootMF" factoryID="157" objectID="be2c27bb9239"/>
    </property>
    </object>
    </method>
    </object>
    </property>


    Tim

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