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Subject:Re: BDE Installer
Date:Tue, 27 Aug 2013 16:49:35 +0200
From:"Anders Jonsson" <>

>  sorry, I don't undestand about what "Using the "-o" switch on the command 
> line"
> you talk :  a command line of the application installer(Inno etc.) or a 
> Paradox - command line.

I'm talking about the command line that starts your application.

If you search the Paradox help for "Command-line" you will get the full 
listing of the different options.

What I have done is to create a BDE configuration file that includes all the 
settings I need for my application. I then supply that config-file together 
with my application and make sure that the application is started with a 
shortcut that include the -o pointing to my config file.

Here is one example from this computer:

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Corel\WordPerfect Office 
2002\Programs\pdxwin32.exe" -c -q -p E:\Databas\PdoxPriv\Test -o 
E:\Databas\CFG\ANSI.CFG -w E:\Databas\App\Test Start.ssl

I agree with Leslie that there is a problem with a custom config-file as 
Paradox will not allow you to run separate session with different config 
files in use. In my case that is not a real problem.

I really don't want to mess with the default settings of the BDE. What if 
the user have another application that uses the BDE? If that application 
expects a certain number format, date format och language driver it could 
cause a lot of problem. What if the user change the BDE settings after the 
install? For me the "-o" seems to be the most reliable way to ensure that my 
settings are in use for my application.

The reason why I never have used Leslies BDE-installer is that I prefer to 
do as little as possible. With "my" approach I can use the default 
installation of the BDE that comes with P10 runtime which is very convenient 
as I don't use a professional installer for my applications (I use a simple 

We are all working in different environments and I don't claim my method to 
be optimal, but it works for me and it seems like it could work for you as 


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