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Sat, Jul 10, 2010 10:10 pm

Creating a Shortcut When Installing With WPKG

When installing software with WPKG, you can create a shortcut under Start/All Programs that will allow a user to start the program by using the %WPKG_ROOT%\tools\CreateShortCut.js script.

For instance on a particular Windows 7 system, there is an Audio & Video item within All Programs. I want to add a shortcut for the GSpot Codec Information Appliance, which has an executable program named gspot.exe, which I am installing in C:\Program Files\Audio and Video\GSpot. To add the shortcut when I install the program, I can put the following in the gspot.xml package file I use for its installation. The value for name is the name I want to use for the menu item. The target value is the location where the executable file, in this case, gspot.exe, is located.

<!-- Create the shortcut pointing to gspot.exe. By default, this will get created in %PUBLIC%\Desktop, which is usually C:\Users\Public\Desktop, so it will need to be moved under the start menu. -->
<install cmd='cmd /c %WPKG_ROOT%\tools\CreateShortcut.js /target:"%ProgramFiles%\Audio and Video\GSpot\gspot.exe" /name:"GSpot"' />
<install cmd='cmd /c move "%Public%\Desktop\GSpot.lnk" "%PROGRAMDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Audio &amp; Video\."' />

Note: I have to use &amp; in place of the & in "Audio & Video", because otherwise WPKG will complain about white space not being allowed whenever I try to install the package, since the ampersand has a special meaning in HTML/XML code.

I also have to use the move command to move the shortcut to the appropriate location for a Start Menu item, since it will be placed at %PUBLIC%\Desktop by default. You can determine the value of %PUBLIC% on a particular system by getting a command prompt and issuing the command echo %PUBLIC%. It usually equates to C:\Users\Public.

The complete gspot.xml file.


  1. Create Desktop Icon
    WPKG | Open Source Software Deployment and Distribution
  2. Using GSpot to Identify Missing Codecs
    Date: August 23, 2008
    MoonPoint Support

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Sat, Jul 10, 2010 12:20 pm

Disabling Guest Logins

To disable guest logins on a Simple Machines Forum 1.1.11 forum, take the following steps:
  1. Log into the forum under an administrator account.
  2. Click on the ADMIN tab.
  3. Under Configuration, select Features and Options.
  4. Uncheck "Allow guests to browse the forum".
  5. Click on the Save button.

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