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Offline Kawa

Custom-made SCI install/setup program
« on: August 25, 2017, 03:58:49 PM »
Looks just like the real thing, only better.



Made from scratch, runs in DOS. Mostly idempotent with Sierra's installer in all respects that matter, but nicer and smaller.

Smaller: The original, with the required HLP and TXT files, is 100 KB. This baby weighs in at 26 with every single string built in. Even unpacked at 49.5 KB it still has Sierra's beat. The original, when unpacked, is 167 KB for just the EXE.
Faster: No dots, no fuss. We mostly only scan for the most likely features and don't look up every single DRV file -- we only confirm which of those we know are there.
Clearer: When you only show 13 items at most and have 18 music hardware choices, Sierra's installer gives no indication that the list scrolls. As you can see above, we do.
Scripted: In the same sense as the original -- if there's an INSTALL.SCR file and you run from diskette or CD-ROM, "save configuration" becomes "begin installation" and the batch-like script is executed. Only two commands are unimplemented; IF ERRORLEVEL and TESTDIR.
But wait! If you run from diskette or CD-ROM and there's no script file, it'll fall back to a built-in generic install script that just copies what works for most games! If, that is, there is a SPACE setting in RESOURCE.CFG. (copies *.drv, resource.*, interp.*, install.exe, sierra.exe, and writes a new resource.cfg)
Full source: Because why not?

Tested positive on King's Quest VI CD and The Dating Pool.

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Offline MusicallyInspired

Re: Custom-made SCI install/setup program
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2017, 04:16:04 PM »
Yeeeeey
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Offline Kawa

Re: Custom-made SCI install/setup program
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2017, 08:28:17 AM »
Version 0.991 is now up, with tweaked hardware detection -- the ThunderBoard is checked off together with the Sound Blaster -- and a thumb in the scrollbar so you can not only see that there's more items than shown, but roughly how many as well.


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