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Old 06-06-2005, 10:35 PM   #1
john lee
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network install windows software from ftp server


Hi all,

This question is a sort of half windows and half linux problem which I hope some gurus can shed some light onto it.

I am setting up a ftp server where I copy all the software from CDs so that the remote users can just click to install some windows software from the ftp server.

The software is mainly windows software and I simply put a link on a webpage that point to say ftp://hostname/download/microsoft/project98/setup.exe.

However, when I click on the link, the setup.exe complains that it cannot find other files. The message is like:

Cannot find file c:\docume~\user\locals\tempor~1\content\93dkjf\setup_~1.exe(or one of its components). Check to make sure that the path and filename are correct and that all required libraries are available.

Any help will be much appreciated!
 
Old 06-07-2005, 03:13 AM   #2
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You would need to bundle all the components of the software into a single file (perhaps a zip file) to be downloaded to the client system. This file would be installed in a single directory for installation. Be mindful of the fact that if this is a publicly accessable repository that the software is not copyrighted to some one else because you could find yourself in trouble for copyright violation.
 
Old 06-07-2005, 03:37 AM   #3
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TigerOC, thanks for the response.

I certainly am aware about the licensing issue and in fact I have written a system in perl that tracks all the software and hardware in a nice inventory using mysql.

Anyway, I also know that I could just zip up everything into one single exe file and then let the users download it that way but I thought there was a lazier way.
 
Old 06-07-2005, 04:25 AM   #4
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You have touched on an interesting concept here. This is why the Debian apt system is so powerful. The install packages name the file dependencies which results in apt detecting what files are available locally and which additional files need to be acquired. In another scenario it would require you editing the .exe file and telling it where to find each of the dependencies for the install.
 
  


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