OK, I am desperate!! I am trying to repackage a proprietary .exe application using Adminstudio 6. It is an application where you file patents and send them off via the Internet. (About 1000 files, 317 INI, and 133 reg entries) It contains databases for rates on the local drive. (It uses Firebird from Borland) I run through the whole snapshot phase, build it all out but when I try to run the executable I get a “Cannot connect to Database” error message and that’s it. I’ve looked over the warning and ICE’d the msi which doesn’t seem to have any major errors. I also saw that the app does not require and entries on in ODBC. Now, just to narrow down the problem some I went back over to the machine that I used to package the app to rule out the theroy that it was tied to that machine but I still get the error message.. I used a registry monitor and executed the program but it draws thousands of entries so no luck there. I am new to this so if someone could steer me in the right direction I would really appreciate it.

Thanks!
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Looks like something is being missed in the capture...possibly a certain file needing to be registered. This is a tough one.

One option would be to do another capture to see if you can tell what was missed. You might be able to do this by installing your version of the app on a test pc, then starting your initial capture, install the real version, do the snapshot and see if it picks up anything new. You will still have to do a side by side comparison as it may pick up lots of reg keys and files but hopefully it will see what piece was missed.

Just an idea.
Answered 06/05/2007 by: yarborg
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You can tweak the setup.ini and make it the installation silent. Is it an installshield installation?
Answered 06/05/2007 by: gizmolala
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Thank you both for your responses. I was really at a road block..

gizmolala,

It is a Wise install. Should I just use something like universal extracter to to get to the setup.ini?

Thanks guys!
Answered 06/05/2007 by: micronp450
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Okay, I tried the /s switch on the installer which knocked out a few steps but two still come up (options on what to install). Is their another switch I can add to jsut accept all the defaults?

Also, I used universal extracter to dump out the contents of the exe file but do not see any setup.ini.. :(

Thanks guys!
Answered 06/05/2007 by: micronp450
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use the /r switch

setup.exe /r

run through the setup and select the options you want and once done you should get a setup.iss file in c:\windows.

copy that to the setup.exe directory and then run setup /s and that will use the iss file.

Paul
Answered 06/05/2007 by: Inabus
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Inabus,

I did like you suggested. I ran through the whole install with the /r switch but I don't see any iss files in the c:\windows directory. Any ideas?

Thank you very much!

EDIT - This source install file is a Wise Installer exe. Does WISE recognize the /r switch?
Answered 06/05/2007 by: micronp450
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Run the setup.exe and when the dialogs pop, go to your %temp% directory. Sort the files/folders by date and find the most recent files. Grab the MSI if you can find one. Then create a response transform for it.

This assumes it is a MSI wrapped setup.
Answered 06/05/2007 by: turbokitty
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