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  1. Scriptable ISO creator with optmisiation

    Attached is a working .ibb file. It does not seem to be possible to control optimisation via the IBB file; I'm looking into that now. aio-dvd.7z
  2. Scriptable ISO creator with optmisiation

    (Wow - the formatting really worked well at the end there ... I did put in a closing-code, honest )
  3. Scriptable ISO creator with optmisiation

    I'll attach a full working IBB when I test a new one tomorrow. Here's a header that worked for me: IBB [START_BACKUP_OPTIONS] BuildInputMode=2 BuildOutputMode=2 Destination=D:\AIO\aio-dvd.iso DataType=0 Verify=1 FileSystem=3 UDFRevision=0 PreserveFullPathnames=0 RecurseSubdirectories=1 IncludeHiddenFiles=1 IncludeSystemFiles=1 IncludeArchiveFilesOnly=0 AddToWriteQueueWhenDone=0 ClearArchiveAttribute=0 VolumeLabel_ISO9660=AIO-TEST VolumeLabel_Joliet=AIO-TEST VolumeLabel_UDF=AIO-TEST Identifier_System= Identifier_VolumeSet= Identifier_Publisher=deadbug Identifier_Preparer= Identifier_Application=deadbugs script Dates_FolderFileType=0 Restrictions_ISO9660_InterchangeLevel=2 Restrictions_ISO9660_CharacterSet=1 Restrictions_ISO9660_AllowMoreThan8DirectoryLevels=1 Restrictions_ISO9660_AllowMoreThan255CharactersInPath=1 Restrictions_ISO9660_AllowFilesWithoutExtensions=1 Restrictions_ISO9660_AllowFilesExceedingSizeLimit=1 Restrictions_ISO9660_DontAddVersionNumberToFiles=1 Restrictions_Joliet_InterchangeLevel=1 Restrictions_Joliet_AllowFilesWithoutExtensions=1 Restrictions_Joliet_AddVersionNumberToFiles=1 Restrictions_UDF_DisableUnicodeSupport=0 Restrictions_UDF_DVDVideoDontDisableUnicodeSupport=0 Restrictions_UDF_DVDVideoDontDisableUnicodeSupport_SF=0 Restrictions_UDF_HDDVDVideoDontDisableUnicodeSupport=0 Restrictions_UDF_HDDVDVideoDontDisableUnicodeSupport_SF=0 Restrictions_UDF_BDVideoDontDisableUnicodeSupport=0 Restrictions_UDF_BDVideoDontDisableUnicodeSupport_SF=0 Restrictions_UDF_DVDVideoAllowUnicodeVolumeLabel=0 Restrictions_UDF_HDDVDVideoAllowUnicodeVolumeLabel=0 Restrictions_UDF_BDVideoAllowUnicodeVolumeLabel=0 Restrictions_UDF_AllowNonCompliantFileCreationDates=0 BootableDisc_MakeImageBootable=1 BootableDisc_MediaEmulationType=0 BootableDisc_BootImageFile=D:\AIO\AIO-DVD\boot\isolinux\isolinux.bin BootableDisc_DeveloperIdentifier=isolinux BootableDisc_LoadSegment=07C0 BootableDisc_LoadSectorCount=4 [END_BACKUP_OPTIONS] Obviously you get to pick your own destination and bootfile (my AIO-DVD is obviously based on ISOLINUX). Then there are lots of lines like this: [START_BACKUP_LIST] F|README.DOC|\|D:\AIO\AIO-DVD\README.DOC F|README.HTM|\|D:\AIO\AIO-DVD\README.HTM F|spnotes.htm|\|D:\AIO\AIO-DVD\spnotes.htm F|vmlinuz|\|D:\AIO\AIO-DVD\vmlinuz F|WIN51|\|D:\AIO\AIO-DVD\WIN51 F|WIN51IC|\|D:\AIO\AIO-DVD\WIN51IC ... F|ptreplicator-setup.exe|\DVD-Apps|D:\AIO\AIO-DVD\DVD-Apps\ptreplicator-setup.exe F|IE8-WindowsXP-x86-ENU.exe|\DVD-Apps|D:\AIO\AIO-DVD\DVD-Apps\IE8-WindowsXP-x86-ENU.exe F|RegExplorerListView.reg|\DVD-Apps|D:\AIO\AIO-DVD\DVD-Apps\RegExplorerListView.reg F|avg_free_stf_en_85_409a1634.exe|\DVD-Apps|D:\AIO\AIO-DVD\DVD-Apps\avg_free_stf_en_85_409a1634.exe F|ashampoo_firewall_sm.exe|\DVD-Apps|D:\AIO\AIO-DVD\DVD-Apps\ashampoo_firewall_sm.exe F|PostInstallRegistryUpdate.reg|\DVD-Apps|D:\AIO\AIO-DVD\DVD-Apps\PostInstallRegistryUpdate.reg [END_BACKUP_LIST] At the moment I'm working on generating the IBB so I've not fiddled with handling ImgBurn itself automatically. Once I've built the IBB I fire up ImgBurn, click the icon to create from files/folders, load the project (IBB) and burn. The only way I've found to affect optimisation is to click the option, but I expect that I can drive it from a .INI file. So once I've got the IBB generation striaghtened out I'll move on to automating the burning. Right now, having verified that optimisation works, I've turned it off: it takes too long for generating a test ISO and it's of no help in that case (I'm burning one XP variant plus some apps plus WPI). Once I've got everything else straight I can worry about the one-plus tweaks Not sure what you mean here. I can certainly ask for C:\A\B\C\x.txt on my hard drive to appear at \ALPHA\BETA\gamma.txt on my DVD, I can even have it also appear at \DELTA\theta.txt just by writing two "F" lines like so: F|gamma.txt|\A\B\C|C:\A\B\C\x.txt F|theta.txt|\ALPHA\BETA\|C:\A\B\C\x.txt although I don't actually do that (yet). Whether that takes one or two lots of space on the actual DVD presumably depends on whether optimisation is on or off. Interestingly I don't seem to need to track directories and write "D" lines for each of them. (I say "seem" because I've managed to write a DVD that installs WXP so I guess I really mean that I've not yet found a problem ...)
  4. Scriptable ISO creator with optmisiation

    A little bit of scribbling later and it seems I can write an IBB file that constructs an AIO-DVD that can boot and install WXP SP3. A fruitful Sunday evening I think. Thanks for the pointers - that sped things up quite a bit. I still have a fair bit of reorganising to go but the proof-of-concept seems to have worked.
  5. Scriptable ISO creator with optmisiation

    4,304,9943,104 bytes right now, so close to the real 4GiB limit. But to get it down that far I've trimmed it by removing older service packs (WXP Pro SP1 etc). Thanks - that looks good. It's certainly scriptable and it does have an option buried in there to optimise away duplicates. The .IBB format seems simple enough if undocumented. I guess I can feed it an existing DVD to analyse and let it generate a template IBB from that. I'll do some testing. Thanks for those too. I'll look at them if ImgBurn doesn't work out.
  6. I've been building an AIO DVD for some time now and the ISO has slowly grown to 4GiB. I've also been looking for ways to update it with less effort. I've decided that with a little scripting I can probably make it much more customisable (e.g. pick and choose which OS variants I want today, which apps or app groups I want today etc.). I can do all of that if I'm prepared to copy around OS trees (Windows XP Pro SP3, Windows XP Pro SP3, Windows XP SP3+latest updates etc. etc.) and build a tree with the required customisations each time. But that's expensive on disk space and will take a lot of time. So I've looked around for a program that will create an ISO using a text file to tell it where to find each source file and where to place it in the DVD tree. CDBurnerXP *almost* fits the bill. It looks like its DXP "compilation format" will do exactly what I want. So my script can build a list of files for the DVD I want to build today and CDBurnerXP will create a customised ISO. Unfortunately it doesn't optimise identical files. (This means that for such files the data is written once and all the relevant TOC entries point to that same data). For that I still need CDIMAGEGUI. Now I could let CDBurnerXP run, have it build a 12GiB ISO, mount that with Daemon Tools and then have CDIMAGEGUI use that as a source and build the real ISO. That seems incredibly wasteful. So are there any scriptable optimising ISO creators out there? I've just asked in the CDBurnerXP forum if the optimising feature already exists or if it might be considered for the future. Looking at other questions in there, it seems fairly hit and miss whether I'll get an answer. UltraISO has the optimisation feature, but doesn't seem to be scriptable. Nero seems to have neither feature. CDIMAGE does the optimisation but burns a directory tree as-is. mkfsiso looks like it might be able to do some of this (along with duplicate file linker) but it achieves this by fiddling with the source tree. So is there anything out there which can do this?
  7. WPI Classic! v2.2

    Well if push comes to shove I can just hardcode getOSver() as "2K" and getSPver() as 4, but that's a bit smelly really The code does something like: try { wmiStuff } catch (ex) { WshShell.RegRead(a-key) } Will that even run on W95 or does something horrible happen that cannot be caught when it tries the wmi call? (I've found my W95 key ... if I find my install CD I'll give it a go!)
  8. WPI Classic! v2.2

    Lean and mean is an admirable goal. But I'd still like to make a plea for DELDIR ... it's a single line and it rounds out the existing file access functions quite nicely. I added all the others to my generate.js just because they were easy to copy across - I don't use them so I've not tested them at all. I can see how REBOOT and SLEEP might be generally useful to others. EXTRACT and TASKKILL I do use but I think I can probably get my script to rewrite those easily enough. (I'll check out my old AIO-DVDs and see how I used to do TASKKILL before that command came along). One thing I do think I'll need is getOSver() and getSPver() for conditionals. Again, others will have their own "necessary" functions. I remember that before JSCRIPT came along I hacked a TimedWaitForFile() (or similar) into one of the .js files and then asked for a way to execute it. So I wonder if it would be possible to have a userfunctions.js (or similar) into which people can drop their own extensions. Then they'd be magically available for cond[] statements (I think) and if you added basic support for "JSCRIPT=" then everybody could have their cake and eat it. (Yes, I did have a quick go, but it didn't quite work ) Anyway, thanks for all the effort that's going into WPIC and WPI.
  9. Glad to have been of service Probably when I can convert my WPI config.js and have it work under WPIC. I do realise that other people's configs would probably require different extensions. But the basic commands ( {FILECOPY} etc.) look to be simple substitutions. Admittedly {EXTRACT} needs some external 7z support and {JSCRIPT} support looks easy but then you need the relevant JavaScript functions in place. Still. That's all for Kel to worry about. I have this burning need to get my W2K install working again from my AIO-DVD (mostly, I suspect, because an AIO-DVD that only has XP on it is pretty dull ...). I tried WPI and it wsn't a happy bunny. I don't remember the last version of WPI that did run on W2K ... I just kept upgrading WPI and testing my XP installs and then one day I just noticed. (I realise that you're talking about WPI Lite and I'm talking about WPIC. I still think the OP can make life easy for himself by editing config.js directly, thereby avoiding the eye candy he doesn't want in the configurator whilst still getting the eye candy he does want during the actual install).
  10. WPI Classic! v2.2

    I forget what I used to do before I found {TASKKILL}, but I thought it was some tool that came with WPI. Anyhow, this would be good. Thanks It's not there now, but it looks simple enough to add - it depends on 7z in Tools ... is there a reason not to add that? I'm sure it would work on W2K ... no idea about W98 though. A quick peek at WPI suggests that all it does is strip off an inital JSCRIPT and then hope that the function exists. If that's right, then that's probably good enough to get me started. I do only use two JavaScript functions anyway and I'm sure I can dig up the sources for those from somewhere . That said, the registry writing I can almost as easily substitute back in the nircmd.exe incantation that I used to use. TimedWaitForFile is dirt simple JS that I'm sure I can plonk in there somewhere. Yes. But that's not a problem. The one place where I did have more than six (my Start Menu creation stuff) I'd split into multiple entries anyway. But even that I've now hived off into an AutoIt script (for other reasons) so even that's down to just one cmd[]. I'll probably just generate excess cmds and have the ruby spit out a warning at the end. That way I can edit the WPI config.js if things ever do break. I also noticed that DELDIR seems to be missing, as well as RUNBG (what's that do?), SLEEP, REBOOT, [uN]REGDLL, INSTINF, REGEDIT. I don't use any of those except DELDIR ... is that just a later addition that never got back-ported or is there some reason it's not there? I think I might try out a little hackery tomorrow ... but stop me now if I'm barking up the wrong tree!
  11. WPI Classic! v2.2

    Is there any documentation for config.js? I've got a noddy script that converts the config.js that I use with WPI 7.7.0 and I'd like to fix up as much as possible automatically. (I have an AIO-DVD with both XP and W2K on it). From the example it looks like {MAKEDIR} becomes MAKEDIR etc. I expect that I can replace {EXTRACT} with the equivalent CMD stuff to which it expands anyway. But it would be really cool if EXTRACT and TASKKILL could work too: I'd just fiddle in generate.js but I'd prefer to stick to standard features. (I'd be happy to fiddle and pass on the fiddling if there was a reasonable chance of it making a future release ...) The only JSCRIPT invocations I use right now are TimedWaitForFile and WriteRegKey. I can certainly rewrite the latter to whatever it used to be before I upgraded it, not sure about the former. How hard would it be to add support for JSCRIPT (or will it simply not work on the target OSes?) Cheers, deadbug
  12. If I read this correctly then you think it's easier to fiddle with config.js manually rather than use WPI to do it but you like WPI once it runs and installs things silently for you. I don't think you need WPI-Lite, I think you need Notepad++ . That's certainly how I configure new entries, and I even fiddle with the 'yes'/'no' bits in various places so I can easily test an install of just the new stuff by changing one line. All strictly unsupported, but no-one's complained too loudly yet! The disadvantage of a putative "WPI Lite" would be that either you need to keep in step with WPI or you miss out on new functionality (I'm thinking mostly new JSCRIPT functions and {FUNCTIONS} and so on).
  13. I don't know ho wbad losing functions would be - I don't use that many different ones and converting the ones I do use might not be so bad. Anyway, how hard would it be for WPI Classic to support at least some of the {JSCRIPT} stuff Now that is interesting. I've never used JSON, but if I understand it correctly the reading and writing just happens. So if someone went and added some additional fields (say to track which start menu folder stuff should be moved to, which quick launch shortcuts to wipe etc.) then you'd never know and it would automatically appear in each object and be preserved? That would be quite useful as I've got information in too many places right now (config.js for WPI, an INI file to feed into my menu massaging AutoIt script and so on) so consolidating it all somewhere would be cool.
  14. At the moment I think that you just need to poke around this forum to find examples. Here's one: prog[pn]=['Windows Defender 1.0']; uid[pn]=['WINDOWSDEFENDER']; desc[pn]=['Windows Defender is a security technology.']; ordr[pn]=[503]; dflt[pn]=['yes']; forc[pn]=['no']; bit64[pn]=['no']; cat[pn]=['System Protection']; cmds[pn]=['%CDROM%\\DVD-Tools\\nircmd.exe execmd start/wait %CDROM%\\DVD-Apps\\KB893803v2.exe /Q /N /Z','%CDROM%\\DVD-Tools\\nircmd.exe execmd start/wait %CDROM%\\DVD-Apps\\WindowsUpdateAgent20-x86.exe /wuforce /quiet /norestart','%CDROM%\\DVD-Tools\\nircmd.exe execmd start/wait %CDROM%\\DVD-Apps\\WindowsDefender.msi /passive /norestart','{JSCRIPT}=TimedWaitForFile("%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\\Start Menu\\Programs\\Windows Defender.lnk"%comma%60)','%CDROM%\\DVD-Tools\\nircmd.exe win close title "Windows Defender (Beta 2)"']; cond[pn]=['getOSver() == "XP" && getSPver() >= 2']; pn++; It uses a couple of the documented functions to only install Windows Defender on Windows XP Service pack 2 and later. No, otherwise it wouldn't be very good virtualisation. However, you can probably work out that you are running under VirtaulBox (or Virtual PC or Bohs or VMWare) by looking at some of the hardware. The manual does have examples of finding the PCI id of various things. If you just want to avoid installing VirtualBox Guest Additions when you install on real hardware, don't worry about it. It doesn't seem to have done this system I'm using right now any harm ... I thought it was just me with my 200+ apps, but maybe not then ...