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July 17, 2023 9:01 AM
Currently, the packages appear to be distributed as archives. Tar for Linux and macOS, and Zip for Windows. I'd like to be able to install MiniWOL via Windows's new native package manager, WinGet. However, it doesn't (yet) support archives, and probably won't for some time. I can use something like gomsix fairly easily, but that would probably create more issues for you if the unofficially packaged version has issues that the official version doesn't.
An EXE, MSI, APPX or MSIX package that just extracts the files into ProgramFiles would fix this, and make me a lot more easily able to recommend this to others, since they'd be more confident downloading something from somewhere that they know is trustworthy. Also, it just means less things to manually update for me, when using Windows.
July 17, 2023 9:23 AM
Distribution for Windows has been done with an installer for quite a few years now.
I'm not sure what you're referring to???
See: MiniWol article - download section.
July 17, 2023 9:25 AM
Really sorry. ~~I misread the Linux GTK entry as the Windows one somehow.~~ I think I accidentally read https://www.tweaking4all.com/network-internet/miniwol-wake-on-lan/. By the way, does a 64-bit version of the Windows installer exist? I'm not sure Windows 11 supports 32-bit apps very well anymore.
This post was modified 5 months ago 2 times by Anonymous
July 17, 2023 9:31 AM
No Problem 😉
There is no 64 bit version. All Windows versions, including Windows 11, support WOW32 and run 32 bit applications just fine.
No worries there. Besides that 64 bit does not really add any extra value to a tiny program like this.
By the time this may become an issue, I will release a 64 bit version.
For now I'd rather not exclude the few loyal 32 bit users, unless there is a legit good reason for it. 😊
July 17, 2023 9:37 AM
I tend to just add apps to WinGet since it gives them more exposure to vaguely technical folk, which seems like the right crowd for this app. I know if I'd found MiniWOL a few years ago I'd have wasted a lot less time in my life trying to use a myriad of different apps per platform.
This post was modified 5 months ago by Anonymous
July 17, 2023 9:40 AM
Thank you for posting the request - always nice to see other help! 😊
I'm not a winget user, but how does a package handle updates?
July 17, 2023 9:44 AM
@hans, for anything except APPX or MSIX (which are the new standardized and OS-managed installer types) it usually just runs the installer again, replacing the previous version. It'll become more advanced with time, since Windows installers are so different to one another that they require a lot of flexibility, but I think that's how they're all done currently. I haven't built many manifests, though.
July 17, 2023 10:41 AM
Learning something new every day 😊