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HOWTO: Using Setup Wizard to Distribute VFP App on CD-ROM

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SUMMARY
This article describes how a developer can distribute an application onthe CD-ROM medium using the Visual FoxPro SETUP Wizard. The Visual FoxProfor Windows SETUP Wizard will create the master for this kind ofdistribution medium if the developer follows the general approachdescribed below. This approach uses standard SETUP Wizard options, butrequires one additional, manual step of making a single modification tothe setup.inf file created by the Wizard.

Unless this modification is made, end-users installing the applicationfrom the CD-ROM will be asked to enter the CD Key. There will be no CD Keyand setup will not proceed.

NOTE: In Visual FoxPro 6.0, you may choose the "Websetup" option togenerate a Netsetup file without going through the following steps.
MORE INFORMATION
To build a CD-ROM version of the application to be distributed, thedeveloper needs to specify the build to be a network build. This will putthe application into a single CAB file in a single directory. The diskimage of that build will be in the location specified in response to thedialog provided by the SETUP Wizard.

Within that directory there will be a file named Setup.inf. This is a textfile that may be edited by any text editor that will edit a file with theextension 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:
   Source Media Description				
Following that will be a line similar to the following:
   "1","Disk 1","ACMSET16.EX_",""				
The character string "ACMSET16.EX_" may be replaced with a similar stringthat is not of any consequence to the purposes of building a CD-ROMdistributable.

The change to the line above is to insert a period between the last twoquotation marks, as follows:
"1","Disk 1","ACMSET16.EX_","."						
NOTE: To write to a CD in accordance with the ISO 9660 standard, whichdoes not allow for file names to contain the "$" character, use thefollowing workaround:

  1. Run the Setup Wizard. You may choose to run the resulting netsetup to test the install.
  2. Edit the Setup.inf file located in netsetup subdirectory and Replace all of the "$" characters with "_" (underscore) characters.
  3. Change the file names in netsetup subdirectory from "$" character to "_" underscore character.
  4. Write the files to CD-ROM.

Step-by-Step Example

The behavior described above may be tested by the following steps:

  1. Construct a simple project containing a single .prg file.
  2. Build an executable from the project.
  3. Using the SETUP Wizard, build a network distributable and save into a folder named "Disks."
  4. In the Disk folder, locate the Setup.inf file.
  5. Bring the .inf file into an editor and look at the Source Media Description definition, but do not change it. Save the .inf file and close the editor.
  6. Run setup of the application by double-clicking the Setup.exe in the Disks folder. The setup program will progress to the point of asking for the CD Key. At this point, you will need to abort the setup process.
  7. Open the .inf file in the editor and insert the period.
  8. Run setup again. This time setup should progress normally.
The contents of the Disks folder are ready to be burned into CD-ROMs.
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Article ID: 152395 - Last Review: 02/28/2014 08:04:02 - Revision: 3.2

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