46376RE: Hello, and allout-vim 031229
- Dec 31, 2003
>-----Original Message-----Very good! I know even less about this stuff than you do, so I hope that
>From: François Pinard [mailto:pinard@...]
>Sent: Wednesday, December 31, 2003 12:55 PM
>To: Keith Roberts
>Subject: Re: Hello, and allout-vim 031229
>> If you are going to all that trouble already, then why not just create a
>> self-extracting .exe?
>I'm not that familiar with Microsoft systems, but it requires a lot
>of confidence for me to run executable prepared by someone which I do
>not really trust. It implies virus detectors, and such things. And
>moreover, for me, it likely means that I shall buy and learn packaging
>software, and I do not really need either! :-) Providing a mere archive
>is so transparent: the user may scrutinise it if s/he feels like it.
>Preparing a `.tgz', that's trouble I'm pretty used to, I've not much of
>a problem there. If I prepare a `.zip' file in the format suggested by
>Benji (easy now that the Makefile to do so has been written), this is
>because he stressed that Microsoft users do not have `make' (or `tar').
>> If all the support files are located correctly in the hierarchy, then
>> it should be a simple matter of asking the user where to install
>> it, then doing so. You could even show the README to the user, if
>> necessary, wherever appropriate in the install process.
>The `allout-vim' I wrote is a tiny thing, likely not to be popular. I
>take it as a learning exercise about scripting Vim, and a way to get a
>feeling of the Vim community. But if someone is kind enough to take me
>by the hand and bring me on the technical details about creating nicer
>archives for Microsoft users, in a way that I could fully automate here,
>and using only small free-source tools, I'm surely willing to listen!
>François Pinard http://www.iro.umontreal.ca/~pinard
anyone who chooses to offer some tutelage does so on-list, so that I (and
maybe others) can avail ourselves of that knowledge as well.
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