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xpl1c1t    122
Hi, I've just started using opengl and am loving it. I created this basic cube animation that I'd like to share with a friend. I'm using VC++ 7 and have tried a number of options to package it. First I Build->Solution, then I zipped the "Release" folder, and I even included the "mscoree.dll" inside. Not only can my friend not run it, but no one that I've sent it to can, even when they stick the mscoree.dll into their c:\windows\system32 folder. Please help! I have searched all over for documentation on how to package it for a release and have found next to nothing. thank you, Alex

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Mercury    776
Well if you've got data, the release directory isn't where vc++ looks when executing from the IDE. You may need that. Beside that, make sure they have the visual c++ runtimes, something like msvcrtsomething.dll.

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xpl1c1t    122
i'm just trying to share the finished app with them, not have them work on it. I found the msvcp71.dll (c++ runtime library). should this just be in the same folder as the exe?

More importantly, why isn't this topic a FAQ? it seems like i'm the only one in the world doing this, or maybe the only one who hasn't figured it out.


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Mercury    776
Sorry to respond so late. I've been busy. [smile]

Anyway, when Windows XP was released, visual c++ 7.1 wasn't released, so you're going to need to supply it for those who want to run the application. When applications are run that need to use DLLs, the first place the application checks is the current working directory. You can stuff all the DLLs you need to ship with in there.

There should be a specific error from the computer that's running it about a DLL missing if there is, in fact, a DLL missing. These should help you detect the error. So, either tell your friend to type out the dialog's message verbatim, or just screenshot it.

The other possibility is that there is some game data missing for your game. If that's the case, then just put the game data in the same directory as the executable.

edit: After googling mscoree.dll, I get this. Is it possible that's the problem?

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xpl1c1t    122
thank you, you touched on a lot of valuable information. the missing dlls seems to be my best chance. I don't think the link had any significance to my knowledge.

thanks again,

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