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RE: [p2-dev] installer and director

I think deciding the UI for the installer will difficult. Having a
standard UI would we desirable but I'm not sure what everyone's
requirements are. For example, at Wind River, we are reusing the UI from
our previous generation RCP based installer. Others may want to see a
more standard Windows-like installer UI, or something similar to NSIS,
or one of many Linux package manager UIs. The director itself is really
just a command-line version of this so you could consider that a UI.

At the least they should be based on a common installer core, if they
aren't already.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: p2-dev-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxx 
> [mailto:p2-dev-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Jeff McAffer
> Sent: Wednesday, September 03, 2008 7:16 AM
> To: P2 developer discussions
> Subject: Re: [p2-dev] installer and director
> Hey Scott,
> Yes, the installer and director are very similar.  IMHO these 
> should combined somehow.  The challenge will be to keep the 
> installer simple.  
> The idea there is that it is really just an example of what 
> you could do. We are not looking to make it be the all 
> singing all dancing installer to beat all installers.  Having 
> said that, the director is also similarly simple so combining 
> the two would make sense.
> do you have a feel for the functional overlap? Are there 
> things that one does that the other does?
> Another option is to put the headless part of the installer 
> in the director app (inthe director bundle) and leave the UI 
> part in the Installer bundle.  That way people wanting 
> headless stuff can just use 
> the director app and the installer becomes a UI thing.   This 
> would mean 
> pushing down a couple things like the install description 
> etc.  Not sure how much code that would be.
> Jeff
> Scott Lewis wrote:
> > Hi folks,
> >
> > I'm working with the installer, with the notion of using it 
> for webapp 
> > update/install.
> >
> > I'm aware of the director application and have used it in 
> the past.  
> > Are there any plans to merge the director application and installer 
> > application?  In some ways they seem simila...i.e. specifying 
> > artifact, meta-data repos, profiles, etc via command line 
> [director] 
> > or a properties file [installer]...or both using p2 underneath.
> > Is there any plan/thought/desire to merge them into one 
> > application...or do they have different use cases and/or 
> functionality?
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > Scott
> >
> >
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