[wpkg-users] WPKG-gp on 64-bit? Also, WPKG Client issues on Win7 and a wpkg.js bug

Brent A Nelson brent at phys.ufl.edu
Tue Apr 6 01:07:50 CEST 2010

Has WPKG-gp 0.2 been tested on 64-bit systems? The MSI is 32-bit only; 
will this work as a group policy extension on a 64-bit system?

I've tried and gotten nowhere; it's as if the extension doesn't exist 
(although the settings for it load fine).  I note that no entry for 
WPKG-gp exists in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows 
NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\GPExtensions\, although it does exist in the 
Wow6432Node equivalent.

I can run the WPKG-GP-Client.exe manually, and it runs, but for some 
strange reason it tries to reinstall tons of things that are already 
installed! Perhaps being a 32-bit app, or something else about how the 
client sets up the environment, gives wpkg a different view of the system 
such that it can not perform "uninstall" checks correctly.

Perhaps a 64-bit compile would solve both these issues?


Brent Nelson
Director of Computing
Dept. of Physics
University of Florida

PS I'm testing WPKG-gp, since WPKG Client 1.3.9 seems to be unreliable on 
Windows 7.  WPKG Client doesn't work at all if told to run at startup, and 
installs often don't complete if told to run on shutdown (the shutdown 
seems to complete even while an install is still happening).  Plus, of 
course, it would be nice if the user got feedback about what's going on 
(hence the reason for the creation of WPKG-gp).

PPS While I'm at it, I'll mention that wpkg.js 1.1.2 can not reliably 
process dozens of individual XML files, at least in the case of packages 
definitions.  We had to use the little merge script that was posted (on 
the wiki?); otherwise, WPKG would simply not see several packages (and as 
you add more packages, the ones that are invisible change).  I believe it 
did claim to read all the xml files.  There's a bug in there somewhere. 
Merged together into a packages.xml, though, wpkg has been great.

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