[EpiData-list] Re: How to package Epidate Software with desired data entry files

epidata-list at lists.umanitoba.ca epidata-list at lists.umanitoba.ca
Wed Apr 9 13:39:05 CDT 2008


1. You can have a look at the epidata command line options and then add 
a batch file (.bat) to your zipped package. there is no need to install 
epidata, but you can simply let the users unpack the .zip to a folder on 
their desktop and double click the batch file.
2. More convenient way is to use an installer software like 
http://nsis.sourceforge.net/Main_Page (you can create desktop shortcuts 
and things like that). But be aware of  user rights, common desktop 
systems in professional setups dont allow installations in programm 
directory or are even more restricted. so people may have to call an 
administrator to install the package.

hope this helps,
markus jenki

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> Hi there,
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> I am embarking on a project to keep an in-patient child admissions/discharge database in all district hospitals in our Province. I have designed the database and created data entry files (QES|CHK|REC|EIX) and put them into a folder (IPDatabase). Now what I wish to do is package this folder into the EpiData Entry|Analysis software (*.exe setup files); so that the users could just click the installation and have the software installed in a default WinXP Program directory directly, and with this would go the IPDatabase folder with all the data entry files. 
> 1. The user (data capturer) will then start data entry by going to the folder to pick up the .REC file in the IPDatabase folder, but first he will have to start up Epidata Entry..
> 2 Or create a desktop shortcut that will directly link up with the data entry process; without even staritng up the EpiData Entry software--desired outcome
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> Why am I doing this?--well, I have users who have difficulties understanding difference between installation of the software and using the data entry file. One precess that will get the objectives met: capture data without having to think about the process.
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> I hope this is a possibility?
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> Many thanks in advance.
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> SK
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