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Re: RC1 MSI Installer

From: "Magnus Hagander" <mha(at)sollentuna(dot)net>
To: "Thomas Kellerer" <spam_eater(at)gmx(dot)net>,<pgsql-hackers-win32(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: RC1 MSI Installer
Date: 2004-12-11 18:45:50
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>> The RC1 MSI installer has been released, and is available from the
>> pgFoundry page on 
>> It will also be available from the ftp mirrors shortly in /pub/win32.
>> Please use the ftp sites for download if possible, so 
>pgFoundry doesn't
>> burn up..
>I just tried it and I have three comments, not sure if these 
>are bugs, or 
>if this is intended:
>1) when choosing not to install the service, the data 
>directory will not be 
>initialized even if it's option is selected. I gues the reason 
>is, that 
>without a running backend the installer cannot do the initdb, 
>but without 
>the service there is no way to start the backend?

Not quite, but almost. You don't need a running service to run initdb.
So we *could* do it. But right now the code only asks you for the
required username/password combinations when you install as a service.
And those are needed for initdb as well...

>2) I did not find UNICODE in the available encodings when 
>initializing the data directory.

Correct. Unicode encoding is broken on Win32 and therefor not listed in
the installer options.

>3) I think it would be a good idea to offer an additional 
>option to install 
>a default database & user so that one can work with the system 
>right after 
>the installation has finished.

In most cases, you will have this - when you install as a service. The
non-service install is really only meant for people who are going to do
non-standard thigns with the server, in which case they probably want to
initdb themselves. 


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