R: R: [GRASS-dev] WinGRASS-6.3.0RC5 Self Installer

Glynn Clements glynn at gclements.plus.com
Wed Mar 12 15:33:46 EDT 2008

Marco Pasetti wrote:

> In the pure MS style, installer includes all: tcl/tk, sqlite, postgresql
> (the last only dll) built from source, and prebuilt msys from sourceforge
> project.

Please note that, if you provide binaries which are covered by the
GPL, you must provide the corresponding source code for download *from
the same place*. It isn't sufficient to point to the source on a
different site.

Alternatively, you can provide a written offer to supply the source
code upon request, but that means that you have to keep those exact
versions of the source code handy for the next 3 years (the website
where you obtained it may cease to provide it when a new version is

> Moreover, the installer procedure forces the user to install GRASS in a path
> without spaces, to let it wotk properly,

What's the problem with spaces? If any part of GRASS can't handle
spaces in filenames, that's a bug which should be fixed.

Also, some users may not be able to satisfy that requirement. The
normal location for installing software often has spaces in the
pathname (e.g. "C:\Program Files" on English language versions of
Windows), as does the user's data directory (e.g.
"C:\Documents and Setttings\<username>").

All users can create files in their data directory, while the "Program
Files" directory is normally writable by members of the "Power Users"
group. OTOH, creating a new directory outside of those two locations
may not be possible if the user isn't in the Administrators group.

Glynn Clements <glynn at gclements.plus.com>

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