[Libreoffice-qa] Windows dev please evaluate my ProposedEasyHack

Andras Timar timar74 at gmail.com
Tue Jan 27 09:59:56 PST 2015

On Tue, Jan 27, 2015 at 6:42 PM, Lionel Elie Mamane <lionel at mamane.lu> wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 05:00:19PM +0000, Michael Meeks wrote:
>> * Pending Action Items:
>>     + please file an Easy-Hack this week: just a bug with whiteboard: (All)
>>             "EasyHack DifficultyBeginner SkillCpp TopicCleanup"
>>         + thanks to:
>>             + Stephan, Michael, Lionel, Ashdod
>>         + http://bit.ly/1DTbesP
> An easy way to do that would be to evaluate
> https://bugs.documentfoundation.org/show_bug.cgi?id=56904
> which is Windows-specific, so I don't really have a clue how to do it
> and what it entails, but I expect it is rather easy if one already
> knows one's way around msi (Windows Installer) files and how we
> generate them.
> Is it "easy" enough for EasyHack? Can you outline to the lucky winner
> that will pick it up how to do it?

IMHO hacking MSI is not easy by any means. It's probably easy only for
an installer expert. I'd add the AccessDatabaseEngine.exe to a
CustomAction and call this CustomAction in the install sequence. It
may work. But why add a 25MB 3rd party package to LibreOffice, which
will benefit a tiny fraction of users? We don't even bundle Java,
which has a wider audience. I think it's enough to add a paragraph to
help, with the link to this MS download page.

Best regards,

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