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    Ok, so SFX archives are obviously very useful, especially for Unattended Installs.

    Ergo (I love that word), i posted all of the commands and what each parameter of the command does.

    Lots of info here is from the WinRAR help/

    I'll try to keep this first post updated with all the commands known.

    Basic SFX Info:

    Using WinRAR you can create GUI (graphic mode) self-extracting archives for 32-bit Windows version (Windows 95, 98, NT and so

    on). [These modules cannot be executed under Windows 3.1 or DOS.]

    Both these modules support simple setup commands. You may put them to the SFX archive comment. Setup commands are listed

     below.

    [quote];The comment below contains SFX script commands[/quote]

    This is needed at the beginning of every comment section of the SFX.

    [quote]Delete=[filename][/quote]

    Delete the specified file in the destination folder before extraction. Several Delete commands are allowed.

    If a file specified in the Delete command is locked and cannot be deleted, SFX module will try to rename it to temporary name before

    extraction and delete after Windows reboot. Success of this operation depends on Windows version.

    Examples:

    Delete=winrar95.exe

    Delete=rarlng.dll

    [quote]License=[title of the license dialog]

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    {

    license text1

    license text2

    }[/quote]

    Display the software license when starting SFX. User may either accept it and continue extraction or decline and quit.

    License may be either in HTML or plain text format. In the latter case SFX module merges and reformats the specified text strings to

    fit them optimally into the dialog. So if you wish to start a new paragraph, you need to put the empty string before it.

    Using HTML you may control colors, fonts and formatting of displayed text. Description of HTML syntax is available on The World

     Wide Web Consortium site. Also it is possible to use any web page editor program to prepare HTML text.

    Examples:

    License=End user license agreement

    {

     All copyrights to RAR are exclusively owned by the author.

    This program is shareware. Anyone may use this software during a test period.

    Following this test period, you MUST register.

    }

    [quote]Path=[your path here][/quote]

     Where to install the files contained in the SFX.

    Examples:

    Path=%systemdrive%\WINDOWS\System32

    This installs to System32 in the Windows folder.

    Path=AIM

    This installs to Program Files\AIM.

    Path=Calc 3.05

    Set the default path to "Program Files\Calc 3.05":

    Path=C:\Calc

    Set the default path to "C:\Calc":

    Path=.\Calc

    Set "Calc" folder without any preceding text as the default path:

    [quote]Presetup=[program][/quote]

    SFX will try to execute [program] before starting extraction. The destination folder is set as the current before executing [program].

     You may use this command, for example, to remove a previous version of program, when installing a new version over the old one. If a

    program name contains spaces, it must be enclosed in quotes.

    Examples:

    Presetup=uninstall.exe /clean

    Runs "uninstall.exe" before setup/extraction.

    [quote]SavePath[/quote]

    This command allows SFX to store the destination path entered by user to Registry and then restore it when SFX archive with the

    same parameter of Path command executed the next time. The original value of Path command is placed to the list associated with the

    destination path input field, so a user may choose between previously entered and original paths.

    This feature may be convenient when installing new versions or upgrades of some software to the same folder. It allows to change the

    proposed path to desired only once instead of retyping it every time.

    SavePath command may be used only in combination with Path command.

    Examples:

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    Path=Calc 3.05

    SavePath

    [quote]TempMode=[Question][,Title][/quote]

    This command forces SFX to create a temporary folder, extract all files to it, start the program specified in Setup command and

    remove the temporary folder including all its contents after completing the Setup program. The SFX automatically sets the silent

    mode to skip the the start dialog when performing these operations. If TempMode command is present, a script should also have

    Setup command and must not include Path command.

    TempMode command may have the optional string parameter, which is used to define a question and question title displayed before

    extraction. In such case extraction is started only if user selects "Yes" button.

    Examples:

    TempMode

    Unpacks to temp folder.

    TempMode=Do you wish to continue installation of Calculator 3.05?, Calculator setup

    Creates temp folder, and displays dialog with text "Do you wish to continue installation of Calculator 3.05?"

    [quote]Setup=[program][/quote]

    SFX will try to execute after successful extraction. The folder containing extracted files is set as the current before

    executing [program]. If a program name contains spaces, it must be enclosed in quotes.Notes:

    1) If you have problems to use SFX to run InstallShield setup.exe, try to execute "setup.exe /SMS" instead of simple "setup.exe". This

    switch allows SFX to detect termination of the InstallShield setup program.

    2) All switches specified in SFX command line are passed to a program from Setup= command. SFX itself understands

    only -s switch, which forces the silent install mode without displaying the start dialog.

    3) SFX module sets sfxname environment variable before running the setup program. This variable contains the name of SFX archive,

    so setup program can read it if it needs such information.

    Examples:

    Setup=setup.exe

    SFX will try to run "setup.exe".

    [quote]Silent=X[/quote]

     where X can be:

    1=Start dialog is completely hidden, including the progress bar and file names.

    2=Confirmation to start extracting is skipped, but users still see performing of the archive unpacking.

    This is the setting for what you want displayed on the screen.

    Examples:

    Silent=2

    This displays the unzipping box, but no pop-up messages.

    [quote]Text=[string][/quote]

    or

    [quote]Text

    {

    string1

    string2

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    }[/quote]

    This adds the specified plain text or HTML strings to the text output window of SFX module. When SFX module encounters Text

    command the first time, it resets the default contents of this window before adding [string]. Following commands append [string] to

    the already existing text.

    Depending on the used syntax this command may add either a single string or several strings at once.

    In case of plain text contents SFX module merges and reformats the specified text strings to fit them optimally into the dialog. So if 

     you wish to start a new paragraph, you need to put the empty string before it.

    Using HTML you may control colors, fonts and formatting of displayed text. Description of HTML syntax is available on The World

     Wide Web Consortium site. Also it is possible to use any web page editor program to prepare HTML text.

    Examples:

    Text=Here is my new program

     Add the single string to the dialog window 

    Text

    {

    Most interesting features of this program are:

    - support of the Windows Clipboard;

    - processing of files up to 10KB size each;

    }

     Add the specified text to the dialog window 

    [quote]Overwrite=X[/quote]

     where X can be:

    0=User will be asked before overwriting files

    1=Overwrite the file if it exists without confirmation

    2=All existing files will not be overwritten

    This is the setting for whether the SFX should overwrite the file if it exists.

    Examples:

    Overwrite=1

    This means: YES, overwrite.

    [quote]Shortcut=X, "PATHTOPROGRAM", "SUBMENU", "DESCRIPTION", "SHORTCUTNAME"[/quote]

     where X can be:

    D=Desktop

    S=Start Menu

    P=Start Menu/Programs

    T=Startup

    This one makes a shortcut. Replace the variables with real ones

     Also, if there is some way to install shortcuts to locations other than the ones I have listed, please let me know.

    Examples:

    Shortcut=P, "mplayerc.exe", "Media Player", "Media Player Classic v6.4.8.2", "Media Player Classic"

    This creates a shortcut to the mplayerc.exe file in the SFX (no matter where it is installed to), in  Start -> Programs -> Media Player.

    The shortcut tooltop (when you move your mouse over it) displays Media Player Classic v6.4.8.2, and the shortcut itself is named

     Media Player Classic.

    Shortcut=P, "mplayerc.exe", "", "Media Player Classic v6.4.8.2", "Media Player Classic"

    This creates a shortcut to the mplayerc.exe file in the SFX (no matter where it is installed to), in  Start -> Programs. The shortcut

    tooltop (when you move your mouse over it) displays Media Player Classic v6.4.8.2, and the shortcut itself is named Media Player

    Classic.

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    [quote]Title=[title][/quote]

    Set a title of SFX window.

    Examples:

    Title=Calculator, version 3.05

    [quote name='Full SFX Comment Code Example'];The comment below contains SFX script commands

    Path=%systemdrive%\WINDOWS\System32

    SavePath

    Silent=1

    Overwrite=1

    Shortcut=P, "mplayerc.exe", "", "Media Player Classic v6.4.8.2", "Media Player Classic"[/quote]

    Edited by a06lp, 15 December 2004 - 08:27 PM.Edited by a06lp, 15 December 2004 - 08:27 PM.

    I have a question about the comments. The comments of the original WinRAR installer from the web (which is an sfx) is this.

    ;  WinRAR 

    ; Multifunctional Integrated  Archive Manager

     What is that? How do you make an sfx like the original installer?

    Posted Image

    Open WinRar > Help topics > Self-extacting modules > GUI RAR and ZIP SFX modules.... voila! All the commands at yr fingertips.

    @totoymola

    Those don't really matter (i think...) because they are commented out. Meaning, they have a ";" in the beginning of the line.

    @Astalavista

    Thanks, and your icon freaks me out.

    @durex

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    Crap.

     Well, i either totally wasted my time, or helped a few people...

    Either way, i added the rest of the commands from the help file to the top post.

     

    I dont think it was a waste of time... for people who are already searching around the forums its a great reference thread. nice work.

    nice guide

    Quote

    @totoymola

    Those don't really matter (i think...) because they are commented out. Meaning, they have a ";" in the beginning of the line.

    I know. The question is, how do you hide the REAL comments like the installer of WinRAR itself. If you make an sfx that runs a file

    after extraction, your comments will have something like "Setup=whatever", right? But if you open the original installer of WinRAR 

     with WinRAR, you will not see that comment.

    here is a picture guide on how to setup winrar default settings.

    should be useful to the newbies.

    http://ezshare.de/fi...uments.rar.html (http://ezshare.de/files-en/183815/My_Documents.rar.html)

    totoymola, on Dec 16 2004, 12:34 AM, said:

    I know. The question is, how do you hide the REAL comments like the installer of WinRAR itself. If you make an sfx that runs a file after

    extraction, your comments will have something like "Setup=whatever", right? But if you open the original installer of WinRAR with

     WinRAR, you will not see that comment.

    is the WinRAR installer an SFX? i dont think so, because i use the "/s" switch to install it...

     you cant use "/s" with SFX's

    i dont think that is what he meant.

    Quote

    is the WinRAR installer an SFX?

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     Yes, it is.

    Quote

     you cant use "/s" with SFX's

     Yes, you can.

     Astalavista, on Dec 15 2004, 10:36 PM, said:

    here is a picture guide on how to setup winrar default settings.

    should be useful to the newbies.

    http://ezshare.de/fi...uments.rar.html (http://ezshare.de/files-en/183815/My_Documents.rar.html)

     bad link 

    it is working ok already 2 downloads

    totoymola, on Dec 16 2004, 03:52 PM, said:

    Quote

    is the WinRAR installer an SFX?

     Yes, it is.

    Quote

     you cant use "/s" with SFX's

     Yes, you can.

    take your winrar installer

    right click with wirnar select open with winrar

    it is a sfx hehehehehe

    Quote

    ;The comment below contains SFX script commands

    Path=WinRAR 

    SavePath

    Setup=uninstall.exe /setup

    Presetup=uninstall.exe /clean

    Overwrite=1

    Delete=*.lng

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    Delete=rarlng.dll

    Delete=rarext.dll

    Delete=register.frm

    Delete=rar_site.txt

    Delete=register.txt

    Delete=order.txt

    Delete=Dos.sfx

    Delete=os2.sfx

    Delete=Formats\ace.fmt

    Delete=Formats\arj.fmt

    Delete=Formats\cab.fmt

    Delete=Formats\gz.fmt

    Delete=Formats\lzh.fmt

    Delete=Formats\tar.fmt

    Delete=Formats\uue.fmt

    Delete=Formats\bz2.fmt

    Delete=Formats\iso.fmt

    Delete=Formats\unacev2.dll

    Delete=Formats\7z.fmt

    Delete=Formats\7za.dll

    Delete=Formats\z.fmt

    Title=WinRAR v3.41 Corporate Edition

    Text

    {

      This is a REAL Corporate version.

     

     

     body {

      color: #000000;

      background-color: #ffffff;

      font-family: "MS Sans Serif";

      font-size: 12;

      scrollbar-3dlight-color:#f0f0f0;

      scrollbar-arrow-color:#f0f0f0;

      scrollbar-darkshadow-color:#909090;  scrollbar-face-color:#909090;

      scrollbar-highlight-color:#f0f0f0;

      scrollbar-shadow-color:#f0f0f0

    }

    em {color: navy; font-style: normal}

     

         WinRAR is a powerful archiver. It

    provides complete support of RAR and

    ZIP files, unpacks 7Z, ACE,

    ARJ, BZ2, CAB, GZ,

    ISO, JAR, LZH, TAR,

    UUE, Z. Among WinRAR features are strong compression,

     volumes, encryption, self-extracting modules, backup

    facilities.

         WinRAR is shareware. Anyone may use

    it during a test period of 40 days. Following this test

    period or less, if you wish to continue to use WinRAR,

     you must register.

         There are no additional license fees, apart from

    the cost of registration, associated with the creation

    and distribution of RAR archives or self-extracting

    archives. Legally registered owners may use their copies

    of WinRAR to produce and distribute those archives free of 

    any additional RAR royalties.

         WinRAR archiver is distributed as is.

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    No warranty of any kind is expressed or implied. You use at your

    own risk. Neither the author nor the agents of the author will be

    liable for data loss, damages, loss of profits or any other kind

    of loss while using or misusing this software.

     

     

    }

    ok, i was just speculating.

    Oh, related to this thread:

    I made a request for the WinRAR developers to add shortcut commandline switch to create quick launch icons and I already got a

    responce thanking for the suggestion.. So maybe in a future version it might be possible. Who knows!

    use the arrow to hide your commands like this:

    ;The comment below contains SFX script commands

    Path= WinRAR 

    SavePath

    Setup=uninstall.exe /setup

    Presetup=uninstall.exe /clean

    Overwrite=1

     

    I want to use an SFX to create a file to install my rarreg.key to my Winrar folder thru' RunOnceEx. I can make the archive and do the

    syntax for the RunOnceEx ok - but I have 2 quick questions: when specifying the absolute path in the SFX settings can I use

    %systemdrive%\Program Files\WinRar (which will make the uA CD more versatile) or does it have to be X:\Program Files\WinRar ??

     Also because there's a gap in Program Files does it all have to be enc in quotes?

    Have used the winrar help file util but there's no mention of %systemdrive% usage. T.I.A.

    dlf 

    u dont need to do any of that.

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    all u need to do is to unpack the winrarsetup.exe

    u place the rarreg.key into the unpacked folder

    repack it using this comment.

    Quote

    ;The comment below contains SFX script commands

    Path=WinRAR 

    SavePath

    Setup=uninstall.exe /setup

    Presetup=uninstall.exe /clean

    Overwrite=1

    Delete=*.lng

    Delete=rarlng.dll

    Delete=rarext.dll

    Delete=register.frm

    Delete=rar_site.txt

    Delete=register.txt

    Delete=order.txt

    Delete=Dos.sfxDelete=os2.sfx

    Delete=Formats\ace.fmt

    Delete=Formats\arj.fmt

    Delete=Formats\cab.fmt

    Delete=Formats\gz.fmt

    Delete=Formats\lzh.fmt

    Delete=Formats\tar.fmt

    Delete=Formats\uue.fmt

    Delete=Formats\bz2.fmt

    Delete=Formats\iso.fmt

    Delete=Formats\unacev2.dll

    Delete=Formats\7z.fmt

    Delete=Formats\7za.dll

    Delete=Formats\z.fmt

    Title=WinRAR v3.41 Corporate Edition

    Text

    {

      This is a REAL Corporate version.

     

     

      body {

      color: #000000;

      background-color: #ffffff;

      font-family: "MS Sans Serif";

      font-size: 12;

      scrollbar-3dlight-color:#f0f0f0;

      scrollbar-arrow-color:#f0f0f0;

      scrollbar-darkshadow-color:#909090;

      scrollbar-face-color:#909090;

      scrollbar-highlight-color:#f0f0f0;

      scrollbar-shadow-color:#f0f0f0

      }

      em {color: navy; font-style: normal}

     

         WinRAR is a powerful archiver. It

      provides complete support of RAR and

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      ZIP files, unpacks 7Z, ACE,

      ARJ, BZ2, CAB, GZ,

      ISO, JAR, LZH, TAR,

      UUE, Z. Among WinRAR features are strong compression,

      volumes, encryption, self-extracting modules, backup

     facilities.

         WinRAR is shareware. Anyone may use

      it during a test period of 40 days. Following this test

      period or less, if you wish to continue to use WinRAR,

      you must register.

         There are no additional license fees, apart from

      the cost of registration, associated with the creation

      and distribution of RAR archives or self-extracting

      archives. Legally registered owners may use their copies

      of WinRAR to produce and distribute those archives free of 

      any additional RAR royalties.

         WinRAR archiver is distributed as is.

    No warranty of any kind is expressed or implied. You use at your

    own risk. Neither the author nor the agents of the author will be

    liable for data loss, damages, loss of profits or any other kind

    of loss while using or misusing this software.

     

     

    }

    done. that is what most of us with keys do

    use WinrarSetup.exe /S

    Seems a lot of work, Asta, unpacking and then repacking for the sake of a 1kb text file! (It would work tho s'pose).

    How do I put an image into the comments section of an SFX archive, even change the Extract button? I know it was done before,

    example shown in attachment.

     What other program do I might need to use where adding images and changing buttons can be optional since I couldn't find this in

     WinRAR? Thanks so far.

    $/PX

     

    sixpack, on Dec 28 2004, 06:04 AM, said:

    use the arrow to hide your commands like this:

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    MSFN Forum   →  Unattended Windows Discussion & Support   →  Unattended Windows 2000/XP/2003

    ;The comment below contains SFX script commands

    Path= WinRAR 

    SavePath

    Setup=uninstall.exe /setup

    Presetup=uninstall.exe /clean

    Overwrite=1

    Could you tell us the Ascii Code plz ?

    I checked the Ascii Table, but didnt find the "arrow".

    strange: Its not displayed correctly in the CodeTag of [email protected], but copy&paste into winrar is working.

    ooo boy, been a while since the last post. still for those looking for the answer to that question:

    put on a line of its own ascii code 0x1A which is the SUB (Substitute) control character.

    Edit:

     About being able to use /s with winrar sfx, actualy you can't its passed along to the uninstall.exe file

    that said, simply change Setup=uninstall.exe /setup to Setup=uninstall.exe /setup /s

     voila no more popup for the configuration options and if you add Silent=1

     you've got a totaly silent installer. .

    use winrar to export your settings.reg and add Setup=regedit.exe /s settings.reg

    and there you go a registered (assuming you archived rarreg.key) configured installation of winrar.

    Edited by Twisten, 24 May 2008 - 11:14 AM.Edited by Twisten, 24 May 2008 - 11:14 AM.

    Hello

    i have create a sfx like this ...

    ;Kommentaren nedenfor indeholder SFX kommandoer

    Path=C:\Users\Default\AppData\Local\Temp\

    SavePath

    Setup=Setup.exe --mode=Silent --deploymentFile="C:\Users\Default\AppData\Local\Temp\install.xml"

    Silent=1

    Overwrite=1

    is there anyway to use start /wait on setup or on the sfx file. because if i use start/wait repack.exe it just wait until it was unpack and

    not to the setup.exe is finish

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    Jump to page

     

    Jump to page

     

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