Oh, the pain! Script to install a VB app that uses MS SQL

Dan Kegel daniel.r.kegel at gmail.com
Sun Oct 23 11:02:09 CDT 2005

I slogged through writing a shell script that works around
all the problems I ran into which installing a VB app that
uses MS SQL.  Have a look, it's at:
Oh, the pain, the pain!
It had to
download and install the MDAC runtime
download and install the VB runtime
download and build cabextract and unshield for the next step,
download and manually unpack the ntwdblib.dll driver from MS SQL 7,
work around Wine bug http://bugs.winehq.org/show_bug.cgi?id=3636, and
work around a bug in the VB packaging wizard
and *then* run the app's installer.
I haven't verified that the app runs once installed; I'm just so happy to
have the installer complete with no errors finally.

This is probably similar to what winetools does, but I haven't looked at
winetools to see how much overlap there is.  I certainly prefer a simple
shell script like this to a menu-driven opaque program, at least when
trying to understand root causes of problems.

Hopefully this will help somebody else who's trying to get VB
apps to install.

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