[wpkg-users] silent install for latest Autodesk products

Tomasz Chmielewski mangoo at wpkg.org
Tue May 15 09:37:25 CEST 2007

Mark Nienberg schrieb:
> I'm working on rolling out Autodesk Revit Structure 2008, but I think this will apply 
> to all of the current Autodesk Autocad and Revit versions.  It seems Autodesk is 
> using a different install program now.  I think they used to use Installshield? 
> Maybe this new thing is their own invention.
> The install is a two step process, like always.  First create a deployment on your 
> network, then run a setup program on each workstation.  The setup program is a front 
> end for various msi files that do the actual installation.  It checks for 
> prerequisites and sets some parameters.
> In my testing with WPKG I could not get a successful installation. WPKG starts the 
> "setup.exe", and the setup eventually runs the msi to install the program, but then 
> WPKG looks for and fails to find the uninstall string and reports that the 
> installation failed.  Meanwhile setup is still running (I think) apparently calling 
> other programs to do some final configuration, which may be when the uninstall 
> program is actually configured.  In any event, it seems like a timing problem, where 
> WPKG doesn't wait long enough before doing the "check", or more likely, setup 
> indicates that it is finished when it really isn't.
> I've kind of worked around it, but it is ugly.  Does anyone have any experience with 
> this or any insight?

It looks like you have to find which components take longer to install, 
and make a slight pause?

Something like "ping -c 30 >nul" to make a 30 sec. pause.

Tomasz Chmielewski

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