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Stuck on 'Generating Installer Code' | [Also] Error: resolving install function "Nsis2Io"

Hello

I'm stuck on 'Generating Installer Code'. (format wasn't correct, pressed yes to all the prompts)

Any ideas on how I can get past this step? (been stuck there with no progress for over an hour)

I've tried manual compilation with the included MakeNISW, however got the following (after troubleshooting all I could);

Processed 1 file, writing output:
Adding plug-ins initializing function... Done!
Error: resolving install function "Nsis2Io" in function "mui.FinishPre_151.5.9"
Note: uninstall functions must begin with "un.", and install functions must not
Error - aborting creation process

However I can't find either "Nsis2Io" nor "mui.FinishPre_151.5.9" in any of the files...

Please help me solve this/these problems.

Thanks in advance,

Panarchy

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Hm

Do you have everything in the right place as required by the PortableApps.com Format Spec?

Most likely you have something missing. Unfortunately its not easy to debug these errors.

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Parenthesis?

Are you, by chance, using parenthesis in your DisplayVersion in appinfo.ini? I just found a bug related to that that causes the installer to hang. I'm working out the particulars still.

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ERROR: AppInfo.ini - Control - Start is missing.

Hmm, thanks. That fixed it.

However I'm now getting this error;
ERROR: AppInfo.ini - Control - Start is missing.

I've checked the file, the line is there, with the correct .exe name. I've even tried copying that .exe into every related sub-directory, to no avail.

Please help me resolve this final issue.

Thanks in advance,

Panarchy

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Like this

Your application directory is AppNamePortable; you should have an AppNamePortable.exe in that directory. Then in App\AppInfo\appinfo.ini there should be a section [Control] with a value Start=AppNamePortable.exe.

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Oh, I thought it was like an

Oh, I thought it was like an environmental variable within the documentation, for us to replace with the name of our .exe

*Tries your method now

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of course, it could be due to

of course, it could be due to the "crazy" compression on the installer. I can't compile with my desktop anymore. I know its only 512 megabytes, but that shouldn't matter!

I does compile fine on my vista laptop. With 3gb of ram.

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Hmm

I don't know if this is what the installer is using, but I can tell you that LZMA at the "ultra64" (64MB dictionary) level requires 676MB (!) of RAM to compress.

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level requires 676MB (!) of

level requires 676MB (!) of RAM to compress.

! is right! I really don't care to have to get my laptop and boot it to create a installer.

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The PA installer, from what I

The PA installer, from what I can tell, uses LZMA with a 32MB dictionary (that's what's specified in the launchers, at least). Pretty slow, but absolutely a killer size-wise: a 40 MB app becomes 5-10 MB, and the smaller the filesize, the more likely the file is to be downloaded (I know from personal experience with dialup; if a file was over 5 MB, I'd pass on it unless I absolutely needed it, which wasn't usually the case).
Sure, it takes more RAM to create the installer, but users will thank you for it afterward.

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That's Why

That's why we use the high compression in the installers. 1GB of RAM isn't really too much to ask from a developer box these days. Especially since 1GB of RAM for many old systems is only 20 bucks.

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Ah, yeah, 32MB dictionary requires around 350 MB to compress, I think. That's not terribly much to ask for these days.

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