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Re: Windows x86-64 One-Click Install (9.1.2-1, 9.0.6-1) hangs on "initialising the database cluster" (with work-around)

From: Dharmendra Goyal <dharmendra(dot)goyal(at)enterprisedb(dot)com>
To: Eric Borts <eborts(at)bltek(dot)com>
Cc: Dave Page <dpage(at)pgadmin(dot)org>, pgsql-bugs(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Windows x86-64 One-Click Install (9.1.2-1, 9.0.6-1) hangs on "initialising the database cluster" (with work-around)
Date: 2012-01-28 02:47:03
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On Sat, Jan 28, 2012 at 2:17 AM, Eric Borts <eborts(at)bltek(dot)com> wrote:

>  The installation now runs successfully after deleting that registry key.
>
> In addition, I tried changing the default action on batch files from
> "Open" to "Edit" using the registry (Windows 7). Double-clicking a file
> opens it in Notepad, but the installation runs successfully. So it looks
> like the UserChoice registry key, however it got there, is the essence of
> the problem.
>
> Which, of course, %COMSPEC% /c would avoid because the program handling
> batch files is explicit.
>
Nice analysis Eric. ANy idea why (which program set this) this particular
registry was set.

Dave, shall we consider using "%COMSPEC% /c" with 0 as second parameter..??

>
> Thanks,
> Eric
>
>
> On 1/27/2012 1:16 PM, Eric Borts wrote:
>
> I found the problem with my computer here<http://help.lockergnome.com/windows/BAT-File-Association-Broken--ftopict514456.html>.
> It turns out this registry entry was causing my problem:
>
> HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.bat
>     \UserChoice
>         Progid REG_SZ (Applications\cmd.exe)
>
> Deleting the \UserChoice key restored my context menu and ability to run a
> ".bat" directly instead of using %COMSPEC%.
>
> I am going to un-install an re-install postgres to verify that this solves
> my installation issues.
>
> Eric
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> On 1/27/2012 12:41 PM, Eric Borts wrote:
>
> Regarding my final point:
>
> "Similarly, you may prefer to have the default action for a batch file
> (.bat) changed to Edit instead of Open. Double-clicking the file will not
> run the commands in the file, and if users want to run the file, they can
> use the *Open* command on the shortcut menu."
> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/320036
>
> This advice would be likely to hang the PostgreSQL installer.
>
> Cheers,
> Eric
>
>
> On 1/27/2012 12:32 PM, Eric Borts wrote:
>
> Hi Dave and Dharmendra,
>
> It is not the "%COMSPEC% /c" call that causes the window to popup, but the
> WindowStyle parameter to WShell.Run (see Table 3.9 in MS TechNet WSH
> Objects / Running Programs<http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee156605.aspx>).
> Setting WindowStyle to "0" creates a hidden window. This is how the code in
> the installer is currently written. Setting it to "1" creates a visible
> window. This happens when using "%COMSPEC% /c" or when calling the batch
> file directly.
>
> Here is a another site recommending<http://classicasp.aspfaq.com/general/how-do-i-execute-a-dos-command/batch-file/exe-from-asp.html>the use of "%COMSPEC% /c" with a "0" second parameter, along with a note
> about the window (in)visibility:
>
>     "[...] do not run any command that raises a prompt, dialog, msgbox or
> any other GUI. This [...] could hang your entire system (since the
> invisible GUI will be waiting for a reply [...]"
>
> Test code is attached that demonstrates using COMSPEC with a "0" versus a
> "1".
>
> Output from SET command is also attached. Note that I've verified that
> this problem still occurs in Safe Mode.
>
> Any other suggestions? I've also posted to StackOverflow<http://stackoverflow.com/questions/9038927/vbscript-hangs-when-launching-batch-file-with-wshell-script-run>for adivce.
>
> A separate line of reasoning for using COMSPEC is that the calling of the
> .bat directly assumes that default action is to execute the batch file. If
> a user has modified their default .bat actions (which I have not), the
> postgres installer will fail. Using COMSPEC will avoid that pitfall.
>
> I'll keep you posted if I discover why my machine doesn't execute batch
> files by default, or how it ended up in this condition. The computer is
> only about 2 months old, so I haven't had *that* much time to overwhelm it
> with installs.
>
> Eric
>
>
>
>
>


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