Re: future win32 installers and glib based plugins

From: Alan Horkan (
Date: Fri Mar 12 2004 - 12:22:46 EST

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    On Fri, 12 Mar 2004, Kenneth J. Davis wrote:

    > Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2004 12:12:06 -0500
    > From: Kenneth J. Davis <>
    > Reply-To:
    > To:
    > Subject: future win32 installers and glib based plugins
    > Unless there are objections, when I get around to merging
    > the plugins into the main installer*, instead of continuing
    > to provide a minimal glib set of DLLs, we will direct users
    > of the Glib/GSF based plugins to install from

    I have the misfortune of using badly locked down university machines that
    allow you to install to scratch space but not to modify the registry so
    therefore registry settings are unreliable.

    If I use the University machines I can never use any of the shared GTK
    based programs (without rather nasty hacks) because the registry settings
    get lost. Although I realise my situation as a horribly twisted one I
    would still like to be able to use the glib plugins without needing to
    resort to nasty hacks.

    > If at some point in the future, AbiWord for Windows requires
    > glib (vs current just required for some optional plugins),
    > then the installer will abort installation until the user
    > has installed Glib (probably with a command line override
    > to force install anyway or perhaps a big warning dialog
    > directing the user to install glib with the posibility to
    > continue anyway).

    If you can inlcude glib in the installer and leave it out if a shared GTK
    is found or otherwise just install a seperate copy of glib just for
    Abiword that is what would suit best for me. the less questions I have to
    answer the better, perhaps a tickbox for "use shared GTK/Glib if

    > Objections? Suggestions? Unrelated replies?

    Hope that gives you food for thought. (Let me know if I didn't explain
    clearly and I'll try again).

    - Alan H

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