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Re: [Bug-XBoard] WinBoard Installer

From: Mark Ioli
Subject: Re: [Bug-XBoard] WinBoard Installer
Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2007 21:37:18 -0700
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I decided to check in the entire working directory, since the script isn't much good without the files. So there is a new directory called 'installer' which contains the files used to create the Winboard NSIS installer.


Mark Ioli wrote:
Yep, there's a .nsi script that NSIS uses to compile the installer, I'll dig that up.


Tim Mann wrote:
I refreshed my memory about how to upload to ftp.gnu.org, and it's
there now as well as on my web page.  It's also linked from the
Savannah page and freshmeat.

One other thing I don't remember -- did you ever send "source" code for
the installer?  (Whatever that consists of for NSIS -- scripts or
whatever.)  If there is a script file or the like, it should go into
the CVS on Savannah.


On Thu, 7 Jun 2007 23:01:54 -0700, Tim Mann <address@hidden> wrote:
Hi, Mark.  Thanks for reminding me about that!  I will give it a quick
test run and put it up as a download.  D'oh...

On Thu, 07 Jun 2007 22:45:40 -0700, Mark Ioli <address@hidden> wrote:
I had created an NSIS installer for 4.2.7 a couple of years ago, it is still available at


It pretty much does what the current installer does, but it works on Vista as well. Not sure if there is any desire to add it to our downloads as the current installer or an alternate installer, but there it is :)


Tim Mann wrote:
The installer works on at least some Windows XP systems, although I'm
told it doesn't work on Vista.  The installer is a very old version of
InstallShield that uses some 16-bit code. You don't say what error you got, but http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;324767
may be relevant.

Recompiling WinBoard from source isn't needed (and won't help), since
all that will get you is a WinBoard.exe and WinBoard.hlp that's
equivalent to what you already copied over from another system.  Since
InstallShield is proprietary software, unfortunately the distributed
WinBoard source kit builds only WinBoard itself, not the installer.
The good news is that the installer doesn't do anything interesting.
It just copies WinBoard.exe and WinBoard.hlp into an appropriate
directory under Program Files, along with a sample .pgn game or two,
and creates some shortcuts on the Start menu.

On Fri, 4 May 2007 06:19:50 -0400, address@hidden wrote:

This is just a note to inform you that the WinBoard installer will not
run on my new machine.  Here's the System Information summary:

Item Value OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Professional Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600 OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation System Name PDXPOWEM01 System Manufacturer Hewlett-Packard System Model HP Compaq nc6400 (RB518UT#ABA) System Type X86-based PC Processor x86 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 6 GenuineIntel ~1994 Mhz Processor x86 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 6 GenuineIntel ~1995 Mhz BIOS Version/Date Hewlett-Packard 68YCD Ver. F.06, 10/26/2006

SMBIOS Version 2.4 Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32 Boot Device \Device\Harddisk0\DP(1)0x7e00-0x12a1c1a200+1

Locale United States Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)" User Name WEBTRENDS\powem Time Zone Eastern Daylight Time Total Physical Memory 2,048.00 MB Available Physical Memory 862.85 MB Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB Page File Space 3.35 GB Page File C:\pagefile.sys
Also, manually opening the installer .exe with WinZip and trying to
open one of the cab files returns the error message:

WinZip cannot open <filename> because it is not in the standard
Microsoft CAB format (as defined in mid-1998).  The "signature bytes"
required by the Microsoft CAB specification is missing.

I will try to compile the source when I get a chance.  I assume that
will work, since WinBoard itself will run. I copied the exe over from
another machine and it does run.



Michael Powe        address@hidden        Naugatuck CT USA
"No provision in our Constitution ought to be dearer to man than that
which protects the rights of conscience against the enterprises of the
civil authority." -- Thomas Jefferson to New London Methodists,
1809. ME 16:332

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