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Re: Help with Windows installer - nsis

From: Joe Wilkinson
Subject: Re: Help with Windows installer - nsis
Date: Tue, 2 Jun 2020 10:54:46 +0100
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Hi Richard
See below:

On 02/06/2020 10:29, Richard Shann wrote:
On Tue, 2020-06-02 at 10:14 +0100, Joe Wilkinson wrote:
Hi Richard,
On a 5 year old HP laptop running Windows 10 it installed fine.
There is a shortcut in the start menu and one on the desktop.
Ah! I don't see those on Vista - what icon is used (I'm guessing some
sort of system default rather than the Denemo icon)?

Desktop icon is

similar on start menu
And the program seems to start fine, asking me if I want to keep my
commands, snippets etc.
That would be very strange if you already had run any denemo version
2.4.0 on the machine - is it that this machine hasn't previously run
that version?
Surely it should ask me if I want to keep old modifications to the defaults.

 (I haven't run it fully, just started it up)
Was it supposed to run denemo by a click on a music.denemo file? 
I am quite happy for it not to; a display of the xml is fine
You have to set up file associations - if you right click a
music.denemo file and choose "Open with ..." and select Denemo.bat and
then click on "Use this always" or some such it will happen.

I think it would be possible to tell the installer to do that but my
guess is it would involve registry entries and I wanted to avoid that
for fear of upsetting someone.

doesn't happen - I go into an XML reader.
It downloaded
Do you mean installed?
No I meant downloaded (about half as fast??). But it could be all the oldies on this estate using the iPlayer.
Installation didn't seem to be any/significantly slower

 rather slower than I am used to with the daily file; were 
you standing on your ethernet cable (??!!)
And it gave a window with every file name being extracted
that's an optional feature - I think it helps to reassure people that
something is happening.

 (this may be 
normal- I don't install many applications these days). The sheer
of them made me wonder at the size of the beast!
yes, it's got LilyPond in there and a certain amount of stuff not
needed but which would take too much investigations to identify :(

Thanks very much for the help.


with best wishes

On 01/06/2020 22:04, Richard Shann wrote:
It occurred to me that it should be quite easy to make an installer
that would install the version 2.4 of Denemo for Windows that is
available as a zip file. That would be more comfortable for novice
I came up with this script for the nsis installer creation program:

!include "MUI.nsh"
!insertmacro MUI_PAGE_WELCOME
!insertmacro MUI_PAGE_FINISH
!insertmacro MUI_LANGUAGE "English"

Name "Denemo"
OutFile "DenemoInstaller.exe"
InstallDir "$PROGRAMFILES\Denemo"
ShowInstDetails show
RequestExecutionLevel admin
File /r denemo\*
CreateShortcut "$SMPROGRAMS\Denemo.lnk" "$INSTDIR\Denemo.bat"
CreateShortcut "$DESKTOP\Denemo.lnk" "$INSTDIR\Denemo.bat"


Using that I got this installer

I've tested this on an old Windows vista laptop (all I have access
and it does install Denemo correctly. However, the script is
to create a shortcut in the start menu and one on the Desktop to
the program and these don't appear.

1) Could people with more modern Windows gear test that it works?

2) Could someone suggest why the links don't appear?

Thanks in advance!


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