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HOWTO: Using Setup Wizard to Distribute VFP App on CD-ROM
Article ID: 152395 - View products that this article applies to.
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This article describes how a developer can distribute an application on the CD-ROM medium using the Visual FoxPro SETUP Wizard. The Visual FoxPro for Windows SETUP Wizard will create the master for this kind of distribution medium if the developer follows the general approach described below. This approach uses standard SETUP Wizard options, but requires one additional, manual step of making a single modification to the setup.inf file created by the Wizard.
Unless this modification is made, end-users installing the application from the CD-ROM will be asked to enter the CD Key. There will be no CD Key and setup will not proceed.
NOTE: In Visual FoxPro 6.0, you may choose the "Websetup" option to generate a Netsetup file without going through the following steps.
To build a CD-ROM version of the application to be distributed, the developer needs to specify the build to be a network build. This will put the application into a single CAB file in a single directory. The disk image of that build will be in the location specified in response to the dialog provided by the SETUP Wizard.
Within that directory there will be a file named Setup.inf. This is a text file that may be edited by any text editor that will edit a file with the extension of .txt. Examples of Microsoft editors include Window's Notepad, the Visual FoxPro program editor, or the MS-DOS "Edit" editor.
Toward the beginning of the .inf file, there will be a line saying:
Following that will be a line similar to the following:
The character string "ACMSET16.EX_" may be replaced with a similar string that is not of any consequence to the purposes of building a CD-ROM distributable.
The change to the line above is to insert a period between the last two quotation marks, as follows:
NOTE: To write to a CD in accordance with the ISO 9660 standard, which does not allow for file names to contain the "$" character, use the following workaround:
Step-by-Step ExampleThe behavior described above may be tested by the following steps: