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Re: Windows installer kick-off


Hi Peter,

On Thu, Oct 15, 2009 at 09:28:33PM +0200, Peter Laursen wrote:
> 1) Another important point is that the installer should include an
> Application Manifest for compability with Windows "Program Compatibility
> Assistant" (PCA) of recent Windows versions. If not recent Windows will
> popup error messages when installing.
I would expect something like that to be handled by the installer (in the same
way like it handles, e.g. unpacking files). At the moment we assume that 
MySQL/MariaDB themselves use WinAPI in a way that's compatible with Vista (and
> 2) What here has been decribed as related to 'Vista' should be 'Vista and
> higher'.  It also applies to Win2008, Win7 and Win2008r2. Do not forget
> those. Win7 will be the dominant Windows variant in a few months I believe
> (and it deserves it as it is much better than both XP and Vista). Nobody
> should develop for Windows on 2K/XP/2003 these days. Get a copy of Win7 64
> bit and use it.
I'm afraid I'll be using Win7 in the same way I'm using XP (for fixing build 
errors) and that alone won't bring any improvement. Are there any specific
properties or new features that we should look at?

> 3) I can see that quite a lot of comments came here.  I had no time to study
> in detail.  I will try in the weekend.
> .
> 4) 64 bit server for Windows will very soon be more important than 32 bit
> server I think (at least for production environments). Also note that MySQL
> only distribute 'snapshots' from "MySQL labs" as 64 bit.  32 bit Windows is
> dead as regards new systems (with the possible exception of netbooks - I do
> not know if the CPUs used for those are 64 bit or not).
64-bit Windows builds are on our todo. 
Am I correct in my understanding that we'll need to produce two installer 
packages (one for 32-bit, one for 64), but installation script will be the 
same for both (like the C++ source code is)?

Sergey Petrunia, Software Developer
Monty Program AB, http://askmonty.org
Blog: http://s.petrunia.net/blog

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