[Distutils] Observations

Robertson, Joseph M jmrober1@ingr.com
Wed, 16 Dec 1998 08:40:29 -0600

Hi all,

This is only day 2 for me so I apologize if I haven't absorbed all your info

Instalit was a generalized installation toolkit for DOS/Windows similar to
(but more powerful than) InstallShield.  I used to work at the company.
Alas it is no more, but its salient features were scriptable 'build' process
and 'scriptable' install process.  The scritpable build process was
extremely valuable, for remote or timed builds across the enterprise (IBM
used it for this).

I'm just gonna hang here for a while and try to grasp the 'big picture'...

Joe Robertson

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Greg Ward [SMTP:gward@cnri.reston.va.us]
> Sent:	Wednesday, December 16, 1998 7:33 AM
> To:	distutils-sig@python.org
> Subject:	Re: [Distutils] Observations
> Quoth Robertson, Joseph M, on 15 December 1998:
> > I like the scriptable builds stuff.  Just like Instalit of the old days.
> If
> > fact I'd suggest we use a similar method.  The build script tags data
> such
> > as whether to check file dates, versions, etc when installing; what
> > compression type to use, etc, etc.
> What is "Instalit"? -- I've heard the name pop up once or twice in the
> last week or so, but never heard of it before.  Remember, we're not all
> on the same wavelength here!