[OSM-dev] [mkgmap-dev] ANNOUNCE: Free Garmin MapSource installer available

Ulf Lamping ulf.lamping at googlemail.com
Sat Sep 19 15:29:15 BST 2009

Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason schrieb:
> On Sat, Sep 19, 2009 at 1:21 PM, dom Team OiD <dom at team-oid.de> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I'm sure such a tool is really cool stuff. I already experimented with
>> easy installer, whcih is creating msi packaes for windows.
>> I didn't use your installer, so this question comes up.
>> What is the benefit of your installer compared to any other like install
>> shield or easy installer? Has it special Mapsource features?
> I wrote it because I wanted something which I could compile/bundle in
> an automated fashion on Linux and wasn't huge.
> I played with the MSI tools briefly but couldn't see how I could get
> those features.
> But as it turns out the nullsoft scriptable install system has those
> features: http://nsis.sourceforge.net/
> That's what Lambertus is using to create his MapSource installers:
>     http://garmin.na1400.info/
> Using the NSIS is better than the ad-hoc program I've written. I just
> wrote it because I thought there wasn't anything else I could use.
> So /ANNOUNCEMENT I guess :)


I've implemented the NSIS based JOSM Installer for Windows [1]. NSIS has 
the advantage that you can build the installer also on Unix systems (at 
least on debian?).

I've also ceated some other installers using NSIS as well. It can be 
"low level" sometimes (so you have to do some stuff "by hand"), but I've 
never stumbled over the "can't do it with NSIS" situation.

You'll find lot's of useful examples on their website.

Anyway, nice to see installer development for the Garmin stuff ...

Regards, ULFL

[1] http://svn.openstreetmap.org/applications/editors/josm/nsis/

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