[Distutils] Windows installer.

Alexandre Fayolle Alexandre.Fayolle@logilab.fr
Mon Jan 8 03:42:08 2001

On Mon, 8 Jan 2001, Michel Van den Bergh wrote:

> An application will typically be installed in "C:\Program Files".
> Furthermore the user will   expect a desktop shortcut, a start menu
> entry and an uninstall program. The current windows installer does not
> seem to be capable of installing, let alone generating such things. 

I have come up with the same conclusion for Narval
(http://www.logilab.org/narval -- I know, this is a shameless plug ;o)
> I noticed that there exists a free (as in free speech) installer for
> Windows: http://www.nullsoft.com/free/nsis/ which seems to be very
> capable. So it would be sensible to have an option "bdist_nsis" and I am
> considering writing such a thing.

I have not looked at this installer. What we use at Logilab is Inno Setup,
which comes with an open source license too (it sounds BSD-ish, but
I'm not a license expert). It is very easy to use, and does a good work. 
The URL is http://www.jrsoftware.org/isinfo.htm

Alexandre Fayolle
Narval is the first software agent available as free software (GPL).
LOGILAB, Paris (France).