[Mono-list] Application installation on Windows

Andreas Färber andreas.faerber at web.de
Thu Aug 31 10:31:09 EDT 2006

Am 31.08.2006 um 15:40 schrieb Bill Seddon:

> While it is true that there are no reliable methods for detecting  
> the presence of Mono, I will disagree with Robert Jordan who said  
> that Mono must be installed.  We have a product that works with  
> both .NET and Mono and our solution is to ship the Mono run-time  
> with the product.  It does add a bit to the bulk of the installer  
> so we provide two installers: a slimmer one that assumes .NET is  
> installed and another that includes the Mono run-time which adds ~9MB.

A true point: I was only thinking of the official Mono installer for  
Windows. A manual compile or xcopy-based installation would not be  
detected that way, but then again if a user was able to do so (s)he  
will be able to fiddle around with the shortcuts to adapt them to the  
installation directory.

A last resort might be to do a full MSI based search for mono.exe on  
the complete system...
But then again I would need to provide a selection UI similar to  
those for browser plugins to handle the case of an application-local,  
limited installation as in Bill's case.


P.S. Talking of Mono on Windows, does anyone have an update of Mono  
on Win9x/ME? That's another unanswered question of mine... (and if  
working again would lead to a non-official installation!)

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