Install Time™ Help - Files

•  Overview
•  Add Folder
•  Add FIle
•  Add Wildcard
•  Add Shortcut
•  Add Service Configuration
•  Add INI File

Overview

This page descibes the various options available when adding files to an installation. Right clicking on a file that has been added to an installation may offer addtional options such as adding a shortcut.

The File page is divided into three sections: The Windows explorer view, the installation explorer view and the property window. The Windows explorer view allows a user to select files that are on the current machine for inclusion into the installation. The installation explorer is a view of what file entries will be installed and the proporty window is where the details of a file can be modified.

Between the views is the feature selection dropdown. To add resouces such as files or registry keys to a specific feature, select the desired feature from the drop down list. To add a feature see Feature details

Add Folder

on the lower left panal, an installation author can either right click and add a folder or use the provided "add folder" button to include the contents of the folder they have selected in the explorer view. A folder will be added as a child of whatever folder is selected in the lower left panel. Be sure to select the desired feature prior to adding the resource from the feature dropdown list.

At the time of adding a folder, users will be prompted with various options including:
  • Adding a source path for file resources (where the files are present in the currect build environment)
  • The destination path or the path the files will be placed at the time of installation
  • Wild card includes or excludes (files by name that match will automatically be included or excluded in the installation)
  • Install condition where the evaluation criteria must be met for the file to be installed

Add File

To add a file to the installation select the desired destination folder in the lower left panel and either double click the file you wish to add in the upper right hand windows explorer view or use the provided "Add Selected" button located between the explorer views. Be sure to select the desired feature prior to adding the resource from the feature dropdown list.

Add Wildcard

Wild card support for adding files is supported at the destination folder level. To include files into the installation based on wild cards, select a folder from the lower left hand pane and modify the "wildcards" option in the property window. Be sure to select the desired feature prior to adding the resource from the feature dropdown list.

Additional options are available by selecting the button located to the right of the "wildcards" option.

Wildcard support requires one or more source paths where Install Time™ will check for files and include them in the installation

Include wildcard - Install Time™ will include any file that matches the wildcard definition into the install (i.e. *.* includes all files)

Exclude wildcard - Install Time™ will include any file that matches the wildcard definition into the install (i.e. *.tmp excludes all temp files)

Condition - The condition that must be met for the component contains the file resource to be installed. Depending on component creation rules this may be assocated with one or more components.

Subdirectories - Indicates whether Install Time™ should also include subdirectories in its searach for including files with Wildcard support.

File Types - This enables special handling for files with recognized types. For instance INI files will be changed to use the supported ini tables and entries verses including the file.

Add Shortcut

To add a shortcut to the installation, select the desired file you wish the shortcut to point to in the installation explorer view.

Right click, select Add and select shortcut.

A shortcut to the selected file will be created in the same directory as the file you have selected. Simply right click on the shortcut and drag it to the installation folder view on the left to install the shortcut in a different location. If you know the shortcut details, you can right click in the installation explorer view and directly add the short cut in the desired destination directory.

Shortcut properties such as icons, description and name can be directly edited in the property window by selecting the shorcut in the installation explorer view.

Add Service Configuration

Services have special handling within Windows Installer. To add service handling to an executable, right click on the file in the installation explorer view, select Add then select Service Data. Additional fields to complete the required information appear in the propert window under the Service data section.

To remove the service data, right click the file in the installation explorer view and select "Remove Service data". Any changes to the servcie data section will be deleted. This will remove the service information from the installation.

Add INI File

To add an ini to the installation an author can either import the details from and existing ini in the build enviornment or directly add the details in the Add INI window. Right click in the the installation explorer window and select "Add INI" for the ini details window.

The contents of the ini file can be modifed at any time by selecting the contents option in the property window. To reimport or import new ini file information select he browse button and locate the ini file that contains the desired information. All previous ini information will be overwritten.





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