|Distributing the BDE with your application|
What are the essential files to ship with an application that uses the BDE?
Delphi allows you to generate a nice tight executable file (.EXE), but if you have created a database application you must include the files that make up the Borland Database Engine as well. The table below shows the files that are mandatory when delivering a database application with Delphi.
File Name Description ------------------------------- IDAPI01.DLL BDE API DLL IDBAT01.DLL BDE Batch Utilities DLL IDQRY01.DLL BDE Query DLL IDASCI01.DLL BDE ASCII Driver DLL IDPDX01.DLL BDE Paradox Driver DLL IDDBAS01.DLL BDE dBASE Driver DLL IDR10009.DLL BDE Resources DLL ILD01.DLL Language Driver DLL IDODBC01.DLL BDE ODBC Socket DLL ODBC.New Microsoft ODBC Driver Manager DLL V2.0 ODBCINST.NEW Microsoft ODBC Driver Installation DLL V2.0 TUTILITY.DLL BDE Table Repair Utility DLL BDECFG.EXE BDE Configuration Utility DLL BDECFG.HLP BDE Configuration Utility Help IDAPI.CFG BDE Configuation File (settings)
To assist the user, Delphi ships with an install program for exporting the appropriate files that you want deliver to your clients. Also, installation programs such as InnoSetup and InstallShield can automatically include the relevant files in their setup programs.
InnoSetup is my program installation program of choice, and it is FREE! For more information or to download a copy visit Jordan Russell's site at http://www.jrsoftware.org/
Finally a tip on using the setup CAB file that ships with the BDE to install the relevant files can be found at http://www.bhnet.com.br/~simonet/tipstricks/bdeinstcab.htm
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