Those of us who install SeaMonkey on a daily basis are probably sick of uninstalling the previous version, the installation dialog and additional configuration when running. See bug 92357. This page explains how to simplify that to downloading plus one double-click. BTW, this is only for Windows.
Warning: I test with Win XP Home Edition. It may or may not run with your system. Use at your own risk.
First we need a directory to work in, say
seamonkey-of-the-day. In this directory we will collect all the files needed. Once that works, you only need to replace the downloaded SeaMonkey installer.
Currently there is a problem with the installer version, see bug 310804, preventing the helper program to work. Workaround: Apply the green lines below.
todos.exefrom the Tofrodos package.
sm-inst.bat(like running in minimized window), which will produce
This file does all the work:
if exist %windir%\SeaMonkeyUninstall.exe start /w %windir%\SeaMonkeyUninstall.exe /ma start /w SEAMON~1.exe -u start /w todos.exe config.ini start /w sm-inst-helper.exe sm-inst.ini config.ini start /w setup.exe -greLocal /ma del *.xpi del *.dll del *.zip del *.txt del install.ini del setup.exe del "%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Desktop\SeaMonkey.lnk"
In the first line we try to uninstall the previous version. Next we unpack the SeaMonkey installer. Then we modify
config.sys as we like.
setup actually installs the new version. We end with a lot of cleansing. Make sure you adjust the path to your system.
This file contains the installation options. Example:
[General] Path=[PROGRAMFILESDIR]\SeaMonkey Program Folder Name=SeaMonkey Program Folder Path=[COMMON_STARTMENU]\Internet Default Setup Type=Setup Type 2 [Component MailNews] Attributes=UNSELECTED|FORCE_UPGRADE [Component Spellchecker] Attributes=SELECTED|FORCE_UPGRADE [Component Chatzilla] Attributes=UNSELECTED|FORCE_UPGRADE [Component Venkman] Attributes=UNSELECTED|FORCE_UPGRADE [Component DOM Inspector] Attributes=UNSELECTED|FORCE_UPGRADE [Component SRoaming] Attributes=UNSELECTED|FORCE_UPGRADE [Component QFA] Attributes=UNSELECTED|FORCE_UPGRADE [Component RPT] Attributes=UNSELECTED|FORCE_UPGRADE [RunApp0] Parameters=-installer [RunApp1] Parameters=-installer
You can copy any part (make sure the section heading in square brackets fits) of
config.ini and modify it the way you like. You find
config.ini after executing
SEAMON~1.exe -u. Entries in
config.ini are replaced according to
In our example, we first set the installation path to
SeaMonkey in the programs directory (i.e., removing the default
mozilla.org directory inbetween). The next two lines define the folder for the shortcuts (here: in the Start menu using the folder
Internet and putting the folder
SeaMonkey in there).
Now installation is easy. Firstly, download the latest build (you may choose any other version you like better). Save it in the directory you created above. Start
sm-inst. This uninstalls the previous version, modifies everything according to your settings, imports the file type settings and installs the new version without bugging you with nasty questions. (So far you need to accept that SeaMonkey changes the file types.)
There are some things I'd like to do which don't work (yet). I rely on your input, please e-mail me your ideas.