I've a problem with the silent installation of Adobe PageMaker Plug-in Pack (part of the Adobe InDesign CS v3.0, no problems with silent install of InDesign CS itself):

After successfully recording a responce file with

t:\setup.exe /r /f1"t:\idpmplugin.iss"

I tried to play back the installation silently with

t:\setup.exe /s /f1"t:\idpmplugin.iss" /f2"D:\WINDOWS\log\SetupIDPMPlugin.log" /v/qn

The .log file says: Resultcode=-3 => Required data not found in the Setup.iss file


My next try was editing the abcpy.ini (setting the answers to NO in all the Display...fields in the OEM Installation Options section). Although I filled in the correct Product serial number in UserSerialNumber= the installation process terminates with the error "... is not a valid serialnumber".



Any ideas?
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If the installation is msi based then this is the same problem you will encounter with almost every of adobe's products. The best way to work around this is to install the application normally and then export the registrykey containing the serialnumber(must be located somewhere in HKLM\Software\Adobe). Then open the .msi with a table editor(orca or wise), go to the table named CustomActions and delete the entries:

CA_QV
UnSupportedInstallationType

You should now be able to install the msi unattended by using msiexec and a transform or abcpy.ini and setup.exe then. Finally you have to import the exported registry key, for example using regedit /s serial.reg and everything should work fine!
Answered 10/05/2005 by: sini
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The problem is, there is no .msi file. The installation source contains of the following files:

Abcpy.ini
Setup.bmp
Setup.exe
data1.cab
data1.hdr
data2.cab
engine32.cab
layout.bin
setup.boot
setup.ini
setup.inx
setup.skin
zidxp.exe
Answered 10/05/2005 by: Uwe
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Ok and what if you just install it normally then copy the serial from the registry(adobe alters the serial in some strange way) and enter that serial instead of the normal one?
Answered 10/05/2005 by: sini
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I just tried this:

Installing the Adobe PageMaker Plug-in Pack manually and compare the registry: There are NO new registry entries under HKLM/SOFTWARE/Adobe caused by this installation at all...

There is a key "SERIAL" under HKLM/SOFTWARE/Adobe/InDesign/3.0/Registration (this is from the existing InDesign CS installation, which I'd installed silently without any problems in the same way with a .iss file). You are right, the string doesn't look like the SN I've entered during the recording of the .iss file.

Now I've tried to enter this string in the installation of Adobe PageMaker Plug-in Pack: Error "... not a valid SN..."
The strange thing is: When I cut and paste the SN from the recorded .iss file (or from the abcpy.ini) into the dialogbox manually, everything works. But it seems to me, the installation doesn't recognize this SN in the .iss or in the abcpy.ini!
Answered 10/05/2005 by: Uwe
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Well I guess the only way to solve it is repackaging then!

Sorry I could'nt help ya out.

Anyway, schöne Grüße nach Deutschland!
Answered 10/05/2005 by: sini
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