permissions on ghc Windows installer?

Fri, 21 Feb 2003 16:18:44 +0000

To what extent does the windows ghc install actually depend on being
in a particular place or having registry entries? 

Here, we'd occasionally like to use ghc on public machines which
don't have it installed, and on which we have no installation
permissions. Those machines do have access to network drives,
however, for which we do have write permissions (though we don't
have much control over the drive letter these appear under). Initial
experiments (renaming installation directory after install; running
ghc from a remote copy of the installation directory on a network
server) at least do not fail immediately, so that may be a route. 

Sigbjorn also mentioned a while ago that there's a command-line way
to run windows installers, with additional options..


> Thanks, I'll keep it in mind should I decide to revisit this. My
> experiences of getting per-user installs to work reliably with
> MSIs haven't been too positive.
> --sigbjorn
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Malcolm Wallace" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Monday, February 17, 2003 10:24
> Subject: permissions on ghc Windows installer?
> > I have been attempting to solve some outstanding problems with
> > building hmake, nhc98, and hat, using ghc under Windows.  I don't
> > have a Windows machine of my own, but our Dept has some public-access
> > Windows 2000 Pro machines I can use.  However, when I try to use the
> > ghc .msi automatic installer package, it reports that I do not have
> > sufficient privileges to install ghc in my own temporary disk area.
> > Apparently it needs administrator privileges, which I do not have
> > (and will not be able to acquire).
> > 
> > Are administrator privileges really required?  I notice that the
> > installer for Cygwin (i.e. not ghc) explicitly allows you to choose
> > whether to install for all users or "just for me".  Would it be
> > difficult to allow the same choice in the ghc installer?
> > 
> > Regards,
> >     Malcolm
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