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Create msi for R

11/27/2013 5461 views

I am trying to create an msi for R (statistics program) but cant figure it out. Can anyone tell me how to build the msi for R 32 bit for Windows?
I have read the Admin documentation on the website with info on the msi but cant get it to work.

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  • http://www.itninja.com/community/dell-kace-appdeploy-repackager

    Try using this. It creates MSI packages by having you install the software, taking snapshots, and creating the MSI pacakge.

    It has worked for me in the past. Give it a go.
  • Thanks! I will try it as soon as possible. Unfortunately the file is corrupt (app deploy signature invalid) so I cant download it from itninja.
  • Oh, if I was still working at my old company I could of passed on a MSI I created. Anyway, the re packager will do the job for you .
    • Unfortunately the repackager complains about the signature when I try to download it so there is something wrong with the repackager file,
  • https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/13973308/AppDeploy-Repackager.msi.zip

    Its signed from Dell, so its legit.

    Or are you saying there is something wrong with the snap shot itself?
  • Thanks!!

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What is the issue that you are facing?

Answered 12/02/2013 by: piyushnasa
Red Belt

  • I cant understand what they mean in the admin documentation in R on how to create the msi. And if I try to use an other tool Appdeploy repackager, I have the issue with not being able to download the tool due to "signature issue".
  • I usually use Wise to package msi but I get an error when using the msi packaged in Wise) just by doubleklicking on it, it has issue with files in "services" and under file "sessions". I have tried several times in Wise.

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If you have SCCM in place you can get a free repackager with AdminStudio from Flexera. You can even download an evaluation and try it for free to see if it will work for you. But if you can get AppDeploy to install on the machine, you just run AppDeploy which takes a snapshot of your pc before the installation of "R" and a snapshot after the installation then creates an .msi that can be installed silently with the "msiexec /i file.msi /qn" syntax.

Answered 12/02/2013 by: jsunderman
Second Degree Blue Belt

  • I got a functional version of AppDeploy recently and now the packaging finally works.
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