[NTG-context] 2c considerations about win installer

Mojca Miklavec mojca.miklavec.lists at gmail.com
Sat Apr 22 18:20:30 CEST 2006

On 4/21/06, Jilani Khaldi wrote:
> >So, more generally, I was asking myself if it would not be possible
> >(and better) to have an .exe installer as usual happens in win,
> >including Perl, maybe Ruby (+ or- 20 Mb doesn't change too much).
> >Double click, and it set ups all the installation parameters. A
> >completely autonomous installer would allow many people to try, use
> >and  get fond conTeXt (and maybe to leave Word) without having to
> >struggle with problems which typically lead people to leave out.
> >
> >It seems to me that a similar installer would be a refinement in the
> >spirit of the actual mswincontext distro.
> >At the end, it's not that far form Gerben's distro on macosx. It does
> >everything for me...
> >Or maybe am I missing something?
> No, nothing; and it is very easy to do it, above all when it could be
> done with Ruby using the "gem" installation.

Have you already done that? If it's easy to do it, I think that there
would be many users would be really thankful if someone would have
written an one-click-installer.

MikTeX developer doesn't listen too much to requests from ConTeXt
users (although he does a marvellous job with MikTeX otherwise and has
enough of other things to do). But if I don't count the troubles
connected with not-so-good-support for ConTeXt in MikTeX, it stil
remains one of the easiest ways to install and update it.

It's staightforward to install standolne-ConTeXt, but not for
beginners and those having almost no knowledge about computers. An
installation .exe would be warmly welcome.


> You can install and update
> ConTeXt with a single comand controlling indipendies and everything else
> needed. It is also very easy using "InnoSetup"
> (http://www.jrsoftware.org/isdl.php).
> Cheers,
> jk

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