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Production release for CRVS2010: Couple of Questions regarding Merge module

Production release for CRVS2010: Couple of Questions regarding Merge modules

After reading and going through

1) /people/ludek.uher/blog/2010/10/14/whats-up-with-those-pesky-msm-and-msi-files

2) A statement from your SAP representative on:

Visual studio setup project with merge modules - C++ problem

"As I said, if you use the MSI redist rather than the MSM then everything is included. As long as we use a MSI then we can distribute everything required. Using the Merge Modules you have to manage and include all of the dependencies yourself."

3) KB [article|http://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/servlet/prt/portal/prtroot/com.sap.km.cm.docs/oss_notes_boj/sdn_oss_boj_dev/sap%28bd1lbizjptawmq==%29/bc/bsp/spn/scn_bosap/notes%7B6163636573733d36393736354636443646363436353344333933393338323636393736354637333631373036453646373436353733354636453735364436323635373233443330333033303331333533333331333433303339%7D.do]

Have couple of questions for you:

We prefer using merge modules for our setups instead of .msi files.

1) If we want to use merge modules, does SAP has a list of dependencies (e.g. VC++ 2005 redistributable) which should be taken care of by consumers like us to include it in our product's installer's. If it is present, could you please publish it? It will be very helpful.

2) As per above KB article, there are no merge modules for x64 platform and if there won't be in future, and if we decide not to use .msi, what could be the an option for us? Basically we want installation of Crystal Reports to happen behind the scenes. Please let us know.

Thanks,

Gulab.

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    Posted on Dec 07, 2010 at 04:24 PM

    Hello,

    For your 2nd question :

    2) As per above KB article, there are no merge modules for x64 platform and if there won't be in future, and if we decide not to use .msi, what could be the an option for us? Basically we want installation of Crystal Reports to happen behind the scenes. Please let us know.

    We have 64 bit runtimes available for Crystal products that comes with VS IDE. So, CR4VS2010 we have 64 bit runtimes. For other products like CR2008, you can run your application in 32 bit mode.

    You can use the Mergemodules to get the Crystal dlls and create your own deployment package. It will install the crystal dlls and then your application.

    Hope it helps.

    Thanks.

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      No, it actually did not helped.

      Anyways, we wanted a solution for 64 bit version (merge modules are available for 32 bit) and i guess for that we need to use redistributable since 64 bit merge modules aren't available. We decided to silently install the 64 bit redistributable via a setup prerequisite. So it would be installed behind the scenes.

      Thanks,

      Gulab.

  • Posted on Dec 07, 2010 at 07:28 PM

    Hi Gulab,

    For more info on CRVS2010 please take a look at [this|http://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/sdn/crystalreports-dotnet].

    Thanks,

    Saurabh

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    Posted on Dec 09, 2010 at 05:52 AM

    Hello,

    Can somebody from SAP pls answer my query #1.

    1) If we want to use merge modules, does SAP has a list of dependencies (e.g. VC++ 2005 redistributable) which should be taken care of by consumers like us to include it in our product's installer's. If it is present, could you please publish it? It will be very helpful.

    Also, can you please let us know when will the x64 version merge modules of "Crystal Reports for Visual Studio 2010" will be available?

    Thanks,

    Gulab.

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