Re: [cc65] Re: Windows command line args

From: Ullrich von Bassewitz <>
Date: 2005-03-31 18:35:14

On Thu, Mar 31, 2005 at 05:56:16PM +0200, Spiro Trikaliotis wrote:
> - No PATHs were added, and no other environment variables were
>   set.

Are you sure? Please check again. There should be either new environment
variables named CC65_LIB and CC65_INC, plus the cc65/bin directory in the
path, or the installer should diagnose an error.

> - Anyway, Start/Programs/cc65 exists with 3 entries: cc65 Announcement,
>   cc65 documentation (which does not work), and "remove cc65".

Ok, that's an error. The documentation works only if it is available. The
installer should check this and not add the "Documentation" entry if the docs
aren't available.

> Anyway, I do not see any sense in this installation. What do I gain in
> contrast to just unpacking everything in a directory?

There are several advantages: The first one is that anything is setup
correctly. The necessary directories are in PATH, the CC65_* environment
variables are pointing to the correct directories, and the docs are available
from the start menu. You can start coding without doing anything else. The
second advantage is that the uninstaller will remove anything installed,
including the registry settings.

Yes, the installer is not for people who know how to set environment variables
themselves. I would probably never use the it myself:-) But there are people
who like it this way, and Windows is not known to educate people on how to use
the command line.

Something unfortunate with the choosen solution is that it is necessary to
unpack the archives manually before starting the install script. I would
prefer an executable that includes all data, but all solutions I know for this
are messy and cannot be built on Linux without trouble.



Ullrich von Bassewitz                        
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