Create a self extracting exe with several files in it....

I would like to create a self extracting exe within my program (not using a separate application, but actually putting a couple files into the self extracting exe).  Anyone have any ideas on this?  D3, Win98. For example, if I create 3 files I want to wrap them in an exe so someone else can get them just by running the program to self extract.
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intheCommented:
hi,
you can add them to your resource file then extract them from there
example:


make a .rc file that looks like:

 TESTFILE1  EXEFILE C:\TEST1.EXE
 TESTFILE2  EXEFILE C:\TEST2.EXE

and save as myres.rc.
compile with brcc32 to get myres.res

then in unit do:

{$R *.DFM}
{$R MYRES.RES}
procedure ExtractRes(ResType, ResName, ResNewName : String);
      var
        Res : TResourceStream;
      begin
        Res := TResourceStream.Create(Hinstance, Resname, Pchar(ResType));
        Res.SavetoFile(ResNewName);
        Res.Free;
      end;


on form activate or button click
you could show a memo or somethng with the files names and extract them etc..

procedure TForm1.Button1Click(Sender: TObject);
begin
ExtractRes('EXEFILE','TESTFILE1','C:\TEST1_EXE_FROM_RES.EXE');
ExtractRes('EXEFILE','TESTFILE2','C:\TEST2_EXE_FROM_RES.EXE');

end;


Regards Barry
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edeyCommented:
prob the easiest is to append the extra files to the end of you .exe. then, after that add a couple of integers that tell you how large each one is, then simply read of the last number of bytes.

GL
Mike
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edeyCommented:
prob the easiest is to append the extra files to the end of you .exe. then, after that add a couple of integers that tell you how large each one is, then simply read of the last number of bytes.

GL
Mike
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