[osgeo4w-dev] o4w-apt: an apt-get like utility for OSGeo4W

Matt Wilkie matt.wilkie at gov.yk.ca
Fri Jul 4 19:58:45 EDT 2008

> This could be a useful addition to the python package, making it easy
>  for other packages to create all the stub .bat files as part of
> their post install step.  Perhaps you could file a ticket with the
> details, and I could update the python package to include this, and
> the gdal-python package to use this.

Done: http://trac.osgeo.org/osgeo4w/ticket/17

> other installation mechanisms (like handling of postinstall steps, 
> use of a common cache directory).

I think I've fixed the postinstall. A common cache directory is a good
idea. If I use osgeo4w-setup advanced install and set the downloads
directory to .../var/cache/setup the two seem to co-exist happily.
Personally I'd prefer to have the cache outside of %osgeo4w_root%. I
don't know what an alternative sensible default would be though.

>> What package creates the OSGeo4w Shell start menu item?
> It is actually created by the installer itself as a post processing
> step but I would like to shift that action to the msvcrt (base)
> package at some point, or alternatively to create a "shell" package
> that creates it and that is a dependency of anything with a
> commandline commands like GDAL, PROJ and GRASS.

okay. I've hacked together a shell package, by guess and golly. It seems 
to work (again! I'm having a good week!). 

talk to you again next tuesday,


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