POLYCENTER Software Installation Utility Developer's
This guide describes how to package software products using the
POLYCENTER Software Installation utility. It describes the product
description language, product description files, product text files,
and other relevant concepts.
This manual supersedes the POLYCENTER Software Installation Utility Developer's Guide, Version 7.3-2
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This guide is intended for individuals who are responsible for
packaging software products. You do not need to be a programmer to
package kits for software products, but you do need to understand the
POLYCENTER Software Installation utility commands and concepts.
This guide is organized as follows:
- Chapter 1 provides an overview of the POLYCENTER Software Installation utility.
- Chapter 2 defines some key terms and concepts.
- Chapter 3 describes writing the product description file. It also
contains sample product descriptions.
- Chapter 4 describes writing the product text file. It also
contains sample product text files.
- Chapter 5 describes how to package your product and manipulate
- Chapter 6 presents advanced topics such as use of command
procedures and testing.
- Chapter 7 provides detailed reference material on product
description language statements and functions.
- Appendix A contains information about migrating from the
VMSINSTAL utility to the POLYCENTER Software Installation utility.
- The Glossary lists and defines POLYCENTER Software Installation
The HP OpenVMS System Manager's Manual describes the tasks that system managers perform using
the POLYCENTER Software Installation utility. It explains operations
such as software installation and removal.
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