The Self Extraction Directive (SED) file controls the options used when building an installation (INF-based setup) package.
Most of these can be discovered by trial and error, run iexpress.exe, select a few items in the wizard and then view the resulting SED file.
[ Version ] Class=IExpress SEDVersion=3 [ Options ] ExtractOnly=0/1 ; 1 = execute nothing after extraction. If missing will create only a cab file. ShowInstallProgramWindow=0/1/2/3 ; How the window for installation program will look ; 0-default , 1- hidden ,2-minimized ,3-maximized HideExtractAnimation=1/0 ; RebootMode=0/1/2 or A/I/N/S ; 0 = Do not reboot machine afer installation, 1 = force a restart, 2 = restart if needed. ShowRebootUI=1/0 ; 1 = prompt user for restart, 2 = restart without prompt CAB_FixedSize=0 ; CAB_ResvCodeSigning=6144 ; PackageInstallSpace(KB)=xxxx ; InsideCompressed=1 ; CompressionType=[ MSZIP | LZX | QUANTUM ] ; Quantum=7 ; KeepCabinet=1/0 ; SourceFiles="SampleApp" ; Strings="Strings" ; The section in which additional info will be stored/ InstallPrompt=%InstallPrompt% ; Prompt message before the extraction (with yes/no button). Actual value is in [Strings] section DisplayLicense=%DisplayLicense% ; Location to a file containing license message.. Actual value is in [Strings] section AppLaunched=%AppLaunched% ; The Application that will be launched after the extraction -or- AppLaunched="#Setup" ; A setup file with post-extraction commands. PostInstallCmd="SomeCommand.exe" ; A command to run after the installer. AdminQuietInstCmd="SomeCommand.exe" ; A command that will be executed with admin privileges? UserQuietInstCmd="SomeCommand.exe" ; A command that will be executed without admin permissions? PackagePurpose=Purpose ; CreateCAB or InstallApp IEXP_LayoutINF=infFile ; Link to the .inf file that will be used by makecab, when PackagePurpose=CreateCAB EndMessage=%FinishMessage% ; Post installation message (with OK button). Actual value is in [Strings] section TargetName=%TargetName% ; The name of the .exe that will be created FriendlyName=%FriendlyName% ; String that will be used as a title in installation windows AppLaunched2=%AppLaunched2% ; AppLaunched3=%AppLaunched3% AppLaunched4=%AppLaunched4% UseLongFileName=1 ; Store files with long filenames inside the package. Only Win95 requires short names. ; in Build 306: CheckAdminRights=1/0 ; Specify whether the install will require admin rights (1) or not (0) AdminQuietInstCmd=string ; When running Iexpress /Q switch specify the command to use for the internal .EXE. UserQuietInstCmd=string ; [ SampleApp ] Source1=Source.prog ;Path to source files. UNC or C:\
Source2=Source.dat [ Source.dat ] %DisplayLicense% %File1% ;Can be localizable strings or exact file names %File2% %File3% %File4% %File5% [ Source.prog ] %AppLaunched% %AppLaunched2% %AppLaunched3% %AppLaunched4% [ Setup ] (Optional) %AppLaunched2% %AppLaunched3% %AppLaunched4% [ Strings ] ;(Mainly used by localizers) InstallPrompt="Do you wish to install this Sample App?" DisplayLicense=License.txt AppLaunched="Setup.exe" -or- AppLaunched="#Setup" FinishMessage="Thank you installing Sample App" PackageName="Sample.exe" FriendlyName="Microsoft Cool App" AppLaunched2=App.inf AppLaunched3=Config.exe AppLaunched4=Final.inf File1=C:\stuff\*.* File2=C:\Stuff\*.exe File3=C:\Stuff\data.obj File4=\\server\share\stuff\*.HTM File5=C:\msdoc\License.txt
If the %AppLaunched% property is set to run a batch file (.BAT or .CMD) it will fail with the following error: "Error creating process Command.com /c ... " Reason: The system cannot find the file specified.
A workaround is to use "cmd.exe /c example.cmd"
If the source files are in a path that contains spaces the IEXPRESS will throw an error.
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