[osgeo4w-dev] Installer, Express Install does not ask for instalation folder.

Frank Warmerdam warmerdam at pobox.com
Wed Dec 31 13:06:32 EST 2008

Ivan Lucena wrote:
> Hi Frank,
>>> The "Express" options install everything on C:/OSGeo4w without asking 
>>> the user where to install.
>> I think this is intentional.  That is, we try to minimize the number
>> of questions when doing an express install.
> The problem is that some system administrators like to keep a reserved 
> driver C: just for Windows and install other application on secondary 
> drivers.
> My humble suggestion would be to give the user a folder name entry 
> filled with "C:\OSGeo4w" as default. Some people just hit 'next' 
> carelessly anyway. Not a big deal.


"Advanced" is made for folks with special requirements like this.

>> OSGeo4W was based on the stable version of GDAL (1.5) at the point it was
>> launched (early 2008).  Because lots of packages are built against GDAL
>> we can't easily migrate the default/public version of GDAL to 1.6, though
>> 1.6 is available as a special install which you need to type "gdal16" at
>> the commandline to use.
> OK. So I can install 'advanced' and use 'gdal16' to switch versions. I 
> didn't know that. I am going to test the georaster driver then.

Right ... it's not entirely obvious.

>> The intention is that at some point (perhaps soon) we would start
>> building a new generation of OSGeo4W (perhaps OSGeo4W Ver2) using
>> the stable versions of core libraries that are available.
> I believe that it is a very valuable effort to put all those pieces 
> together and the concern with non-experts-users is quite lovable.
> For myself I usually compile everything that I use but I am writing 
> those comments not as a critic but to share the reaction that I am 
> getting from people to whom I am 'prescribing' OSgeo4W for.

Understood, and appreciated.

> By the way, I believe that the icon desktop shortcut to 'openev.bat' and 
> the menu entry is missing from the OpenEV installation.

Hmm, perhaps you could file a ticket on the http://osgeo4w.osgeo.org/ web
site about this?

Best regards,
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