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I was just playing with InstallShield and it was pissing me off. It seemed overly complex for my tiny application, and, to be honest, in my limited time, I couldn''t figure out how to include my files. Anyway, I did a search for self extracting executables to see if there is any free convenient software to do this. I found a few things, but nothing that jumped out at me. I''m trying to get a couple files packaged up by tonight for distribution. Does anyone have any suggestions? Is there something out there that I''m missing?

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I have used the formentioned Nullsoft Installed for an application, and am quite happy with it. You can find more info about it here: http://www.nullsoft.com/free/nsis/

In any case, it seems quite powerful, scriptable, and simple. (It would be a snap to add it to your build process, so creating of an installer is automated)

Took me no time to get it working when I tried it out.
Then again, it did completely (and irrecoverably) delete my desktop folder once.

Use it. But just be cautious when scripting stuff. (using the delete command in particular. I think it is broke'')

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You could always make your own .

You could stick your stuff into the resource and use the resource apis to get the file sizes and data to use WriteFile to write them to disk.

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I''ve used <a href="http://www.gdgsoft.com/pb/index.asp">Packet Builder</a> couple of times, which is quite OK to me (VC6 standard doesn''t include IS )

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Ah and don't forget ISTool, a third-party tool for InnoSetup that provides a GUI for editing the configuration file.

[edited by - mutex on November 20, 2002 12:42:26 AM]

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