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  • How to proceed?
  • Defining the type of setup to generate
  • Generating a standard setup
  • Generating a setup with update
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WDINST: choosing the type of setup to generate
Overview
The setup editor WDINST allows you to create several types of setup:
  • Standard setup: recommended for a single-user application.
    All the files required by the application are installed on the user computers.
    When updating the application, the update program must be run on each user computer.
  • Network setup with automatic update: recommended for a multi-user application (used by several users simultaneously).
    This type of setup allows you to:
    • automatically manage the updates of the application.
    • find out the characteristics of the users connected to the application at a given time, via the "WDADMINEXE" program installed on the server. See Checking the WINDEV executables remotely for more details.
    • configure the location of the application files. Some examples:
      • Installing all the application files on the server.
      • Installing the database on the server and the files required to run the application (".EXE", ".WDL", ".DLL", ...) on each user computer.
      • Installing part of database on the server and another part on each user computer. The files required to run the application (".EXE", ".WDL", ".DLL", ...) are also installed on each user computer.
  • Compact setup: The size of the generated setup program is optimized in order to be downloaded from Internet.
Note: By default, the setup generated by WINDEV corresponds to a standard setup.
How to proceed?

Defining the type of setup to generate

The type of setup to generate is specified in WDINST. To start WDInst, select "Tools .. WDINST - Setup editor".To start WDINST, on the "Tools" pane, in the "Utilities" group, click "WDInst".
The wizard for creating the setup program can also be used to define the type of setup to generate.

Generating a standard setup

To generate a standard setup:
  1. Select "Parameters of setup .. Wizard".
  2. Check "Standard setup".

Generating a setup with update

To generate a setup with update:
  1. Select "Parameters of setup .. Wizard".
  2. Check "Network setup with automatic update".
  3. Select the reference executable for the network update.
Principle of network update
To take into account the modifications made to an application (windows, source code, analysis, ...), you must re-create the executable and install an update on the user computers.
For a network application, the reference executable is used to find out whether an update is required. Whenever the application is started on the user computer, the version of the application executable and the version of the reference executable (found on the server) are compared. The application update is proposed if these versions are different. The management of versions is presented in details in the following paragraph.
4. The version number of the application to install is automatically retrieved by WDINST. This number was specified when creating the application executable.
Enter the version number of the application found on the user computers from which the update will not be mandatory.
Mandatory update/Optional update
Installing the update:
  • will be mandatory if the version of the application installed on the user computers is less than the last compatible version.
  • will not be mandatory if the version of the application installed on the user computers is equal to or greater than the last compatible version.
Caution: For a network update with automatic modification of data files, installing the update must be mandatory.
5. To configure the update of your application more precisely, click the "Advanced options" button. You will have the ability to:
  • specify the history of modifications.
  • configure the options for "Remote control of the WINDEV executables".
  • modify the conditions for applying the update.
See Advanced options of network setup for more details.
Minimum required version
  • Version 9
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