[thelist] Is a super-slick installation necessary?

Robert Gormley robert at pennyonthesidewalk.com
Tue Jul 6 18:41:07 CDT 2004

How about a super-slick install, and documentation which details the steps
to do a manual install, and corcondantly, just what the installer is
actually doing?


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Subject: [thelist] Is a super-slick installation necessary?

Hi listees...

In your opinion, is a super-slick installation process necessary or even
appreciated by hard-core system administrators?

For example, let's say you had a program that ran as a system level service
and had to copy files into a folder, put in some registry keys, and maybe
restart some other services to get running.  Would you prefer to have some
voodoo magic installer do all the work, or would you prefer to have some
good instructions, some helpful batch files, some reg files, etc, and
perform the install manually?

My thought is that a hard-core admin would want to know exactly what's going
on, even if it means taking 20 minutes to install the service instead of 2.


Joshua Olson
Web Application Engineer
WAE Tech Inc.

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