InstallShield and ole question...

Mike Bond mbond at
Thu Apr 26 12:15:14 CDT 2001

On Thu, Apr 26, 2001 at 12:55:30PM -0400, Gavriel State wrote:
> The fix we put into the TransGaming tree was from Andreas Mohr, and it 
> fixed some problems related to previous versions of InstallSheild.  We
> haven't made any progress on v6.
> We'd certainly like to see it get done, but our resources are somewhat 
> limited at the moment, and we're concentrating on the DirectX work. 

I understand how that works.

> Something that's interesting about the InstallShield objects is this:
> They seem to expose a fair amount of their interfaces through OLE 
> Automation.  I don't know for certain, but I have a recollection that
> some work was done to support Automation for WordPerfect.  I can't 
> remember whether that work was actually completed, or bypassed through
> the use of dde for scripting instead.  

Hmm, would be interesting to get more details of what became of that work.

> If automation does work, then perhaps it's enough to simply run the 
> InstallShield ikernel.exe and see if the user-side of the installer 
> works through automation rather than requiring marshalling.

Unfortunately I had already tried that, first thing that came to mind
once I realized what was going on.


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