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[Condor-users] SOLUTION: Command-line install of Condor on Win32

Hi folks -

Lately there have been lots of people asking about how to install Condor for Windows in an unattended / batch mode, i.e. without the pretty GUI.

There are many ways to solve this problem, but here is one that is quite easy:

Currently, the Condor for Windows installer is based upon InstallShield's Package for the Web (PFTW) technology. So say you download the self-extracting .exe file from the Condor web site, for example condor-6.6.10-winnt50-x86.exe.

Then, to automate the installation of a PFTW package named foo.exe, you would first perform one installation as administrator "by hand" via the GUI to create the answer file:

condor-6.6.10-winnt50-x86.exe /a /r /f1c:\temp\foo.iss

In this example, the answer file is "c:\temp\foo.iss". You can provide whatever file-name you want, but notice there is no space between the "/f1" option and the filename.

Next, to install the package completely silently using the same answers you provided above, you would run as administrator:

    start /wait condor-6.6.10-winnt50-x86.exe /s /a /s /sms /f1c:\temp\foo.iss

The first /s is only needed for a completely silent installation. If you leave it off, the PFTW package will show you a status bar as it extracts the InstallShield tree to the temporary directory.

Hope folks find this information useful. Note that in the (possible near) future we may move to an MSI based installation, but the above instructions will work as long as we continue to stick with InstallShield installer technology.

best regards,

p.s. I will get this added into the manual.

Todd Tannenbaum University of Wisconsin-Madison
Condor Project Research Department of Computer Sciences
tannenba@xxxxxxxxxxx 1210 W. Dayton St. Rm #4257
http://www.cs.wisc.edu/~tannenba Madison, WI 53706-1685
Phone: (608) 263-7132 FAX: (608) 262-9777