First I want to thank everyone for doing such a good job with ruby-gnome2. It seems that lately development has accelerated :-) Thanks especially to Kou for reducing the size of the Windows install. This brings me to my question. I want to release my app for Windows. It was difficult in the past, but I think now it has become easier because we can install ruby-gnome2 with gems. But even still, I think that most people on Windows will not want to use the command line to install an application. In other words, typing "gem install myApplication" from the command line is still too difficult for them. I have an idea for building an installer for ruby-gnome applications and I want some advice. My idea is to write an install script using NSIS: http://nsis.sourceforge.net/Main_Page It should check to see if Ruby is installed. If it is not, then it installs ruby. After that it runs a script that simply installs the ruby-gnome2 gems and your application gem. Finally, it will wrap the gem executable script as a windows executable with an icon. It will also make an uninstall script and an upgrade script. The upgrade script will simply run "gem upgrade" on the relevant gems, so if your application is in the gem repository it will upgrade automatically. To be honest, I hate working with Windows and I would rather not do this, so first I want to know if anyone has a better idea :-) Also, the gem commands don't really have any feedback for the user, so I'm worried that since it can take a long time, the user will give up. Are there any ideas on how to give feedback to the user? Any ideas are very welcome (especially if they are of the form "Don't do this. There's an easier way!" :-) MikeC
on 2011-03-08 05:27
on 2011-03-09 03:00
On Tue, Mar 8, 2011 at 12:27 PM, Mike Charlton <email@example.com> wrote: > command line to install an application. In other words, > a script that simply installs the ruby-gnome2 gems > anyone has a better idea :-) Also, the gem commands > another stupid ideas is to include ruby installation complete with all gems and your application from your windows system, into your nsis installer but then you will need to add ruby path into windows system path in your nsis script (this I never found out how)
on 2011-03-09 03:25
On 9 March 2011 10:59, hendra kusuma <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > another stupid ideas is to include ruby installation complete with all gems > and your application from your windows system, into your nsis installer > but then you will need to add ruby path into windows system path in your > nsis script (this I never found out how) I thought about this too. It has some advantages because everything works from one installer. But I am worried about having multiple versions of ruby on the system. The problem is that Windows packaging is so broken that it is difficult to decide what do do, isn't it ;-) I will think about it some more. MikeC
on 2011-03-09 11:47
On Wed, Mar 9, 2011 at 10:25 AM, Mike Charlton <email@example.com> wrote: > so broken that it is difficult to decide what do do, isn't it ;-) > > I will think about it some more. > Exactly perhaps if you are really good with nsis script something like this can be done 1. if there is no ruby then install ruby 2. if there is ruby but not required gem, install the gem 3. install the program but of couse I prefer all that is done offline, without internet connection so that means the nsis installer contain the ruby and required gem along with the program of course it will make installer become big another idea is to seperate ruby and the program+gem make it looks like .net framework or java so basically 1st installer is ruby installer 2nd installer will check if ruby exist, if not it asked user to install ruby (just like they do with both example) then install required gem and program (of course I still prefer offline here) What do you think?
on 2011-03-09 17:05
> so basically > 1st installer is ruby installer Do you have take a look at http://rubyforge.org/projects/rubyinstaller/ ? > 2nd installer will check if ruby exist, if not it asked user to install ruby > (just like they do with both example) > then install required gem and program (of course I still prefer offline > here) > -- Vincent Carmona
on 2011-03-10 03:52
On Thu, Mar 10, 2011 at 12:04 AM, Vincent Carmona <firstname.lastname@example.org>wrote: > > > > Yes, I use that to install ruby on my windows system I believe that's suitable to be used in 'please install ruby' messege :) main problem is packaging our application, right? back then I can use my stupid idea because I believe no user has ruby yet but if this installer (that check if ruby exist like java or .net) exist and more of us making end-user application with ruby, that is far from ideal way but really, I cannot depend on internet yet because generally internet in my country sucks ( I got 2 mb/s for 20 users and it is considered very fast) so eventhough it a pain in the nect to download every gems I need, offline installation is trully sparkling here :D
on 2011-08-20 17:14
Any progress you did so far here?
on 2013-04-26 10:30
Marc Heiler wrote in post #1017647: > Any progress you did so far here? As an aside I've had limited play with an app called rubyencoder. I was using fxruby and foxGuib. Now what ruby encoder does is to collect everything your app uses plus required ruby runtime library and bundles it all up into a single app. Well I'm sure it did that (maybe it was erb that did the collection) and ruby encoder created the exe. anyhow go and have a look at Ruby Encoder I'm sure it's improved lots as it was 1.0 when i looked at it. HTH Dave