[Rd] In creating a Windows binary package (zip), how do I make the installation configurable

From: <rick.jones_at_sungard.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2007 13:00:11 -0400

I would like to create a binary package for Windows which when installed will give the user an option of whether to install one version or another.

Here is the problem, I have a package 'FAME' that can run in two different modes on Windows. An old mode that uses R to connect to a remote linux machine and a new way that uses a locally installed database.

I would allow this decision to be made at run time, but the DLL in the later case depends upon the database's DLL being on the Windows machine. A runtime solution would require at least one extra level of dynamic loading.

So I would like something like this to happen:  the zip file contains fame-local.dll and fame-remote.dll  when the user selects 'install packages from a zip file'  the user should be given the option of which DLL  should be renamed to 'fame.dll'.

Is this possible??

If so, how would I do it?

If not, then are there an recommendations for a solution?   An alternative I can try is to have 2 separate packages,   'fame' and 'fame-remote'.

Thanks,
Rick Jones



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