How do I create a dependency installer in VB6

Posted on 2010-08-29
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Is there a simple way to create an installer that just installs all the dependencies of a VB6 project without installing the actual exe file. Preferably not starting a blank installer project and manually adding every dependency.
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hilltop earned 400 total points
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I have always like NSIS. http://nsis.sourceforge.net/Main_Page 
Would you like a NSIS example?
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VBClassicGuy earned 600 total points
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I know what you mean. Your situation may be like mine. I write and manage a suite of 26 programs. All programs use the same dependencies, third-party components, etc. These "system files" as I call them make a fairly large install file using Wise Installer. The program installations themselves are smaller than the system files installation. Since the system files change rarely (only when I add another component), I provide my users with a main "setup" installation, then they can download the smaller program(s) they need. In other words, I don't want to bloat 26 installations with a bunch of "system files",so I make that a separate installation.
You should be able to do this with just about any installer...make a full install but leave out the actual compiled exe. If you can't with your installer, many installers generate a script that the install program reads upon startup. Just edit that script by hand after it is created and delete the line that installs the program itself.
Did any of that make any sense? It's late at night...

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I use the visual basic package and deployment wizard.

I will try and edit the script and see if that works or not and post what I find out.
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I've never used the package and deployment wizard, so what I say next may or may not apply.
Make sure when you delete the script line that installs the program itself, that you also remove any lines that reference the exe, add it to the Start menu, make a desktop shortcut, etc.


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I would use NSIS to make the setup file.

This would do the trick
 !include Library.nsh
Section "-Install VB6 runtimes"
 !insertmacro InstallLib REGDLL $ALREADY_INSTALLED REBOOT_NOTPROTECTED "msvbvm60.dll" "$SYSDIR\msvbvm60.dll" "$SYSDIR"
   !insertmacro InstallLib REGDLL $ALREADY_INSTALLED REBOOT_PROTECTED    "oleaut32.dll" "$SYSDIR\oleaut32.dll" "$SYSDIR"
   !insertmacro InstallLib REGDLL $ALREADY_INSTALLED REBOOT_PROTECTED    "olepro32.dll" "$SYSDIR\olepro32.dll" "$SYSDIR"
   !insertmacro InstallLib REGDLL $ALREADY_INSTALLED REBOOT_PROTECTED    "comcat.dll"   "$SYSDIR\comcat.dll"   "$SYSDIR"
   !insertmacro InstallLib DLL    $ALREADY_INSTALLED REBOOT_PROTECTED    "asycfilt.dll" "$SYSDIR\asycfilt.dll" "$SYSDIR"
   !insertmacro InstallLib TLB    $ALREADY_INSTALLED REBOOT_PROTECTED    "stdole2.tlb"  "$SYSDIR\stdole2.tlb"  "$SYSDIR"


 Section "-un.Uninstall VB6 runtimes"

   !insertmacro UnInstallLib REGDLL SHARED NOREMOVE "$SYSDIR\msvbvm60.dll"
   !insertmacro UnInstallLib REGDLL SHARED NOREMOVE "$SYSDIR\oleaut32.dll"
   !insertmacro UnInstallLib REGDLL SHARED NOREMOVE "$SYSDIR\olepro32.dll"
   !insertmacro UnInstallLib REGDLL SHARED NOREMOVE "$SYSDIR\comcat.dll"
   !insertmacro UnInstallLib DLL    SHARED NOREMOVE "$SYSDIR\asycfilt.dll"
   !insertmacro UnInstallLib TLB    SHARED NOREMOVE "$SYSDIR\stdole2.tlb"


Just copy yur runtimes to into the same directory as the .nsi script. I would dress the installer as well.

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MOST Vb6 program only need 1 DLL.  in French, it's VB6FR.DLL and it doesn't need to be registered.
that mean most of my App are simply installed with a BATCH file to Copy, 2 files.

The MyProgram.EXE
and the Vb6Fr.Dll in the system32  (wich is easy to locate with a batch file, no matter what OS is installed)

not sure if the file is called Vb6EN.dll in english, but you whould be enable to spot the file in your Vb6 Install Wizzard.

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I choose both solutions since I did not specify originally that I was using the vb6 packaging and deployment wizard.

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