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Selective "Module" Installation
Feature #: 2594
File: WoWInterface UI Manager - Windows
Date: 02-18-08 12:30 PM
By: Mikord
Status: Flagged for Future Version
I realize you are extremely busy with fixing release bugs at the moment, but I'd like to make a suggestion for selective module (top-level folder) installation when you have time to get to it.

What do I mean by this? Several AddOns come with multiple top-level folders for optional components of the AddOn. For example, Bongos2 has many top-level folders for optional components such as Bongos2_ActionBar, Bongos2_CastBar, Bongos2_RollBar, and Bongos2_XP. In a lot of cases the user might not want to use all of the optional components; however, this UI Manager automatically installs everything in the zip file.

If an archive has multiple top-level folders, presenting a list of them with checkboxes specifying which ones you want to update would be a wonderful addition to handle this common scenario.

Thanks for the excellent utility thus far.

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By: Shirik - 02-18-08 03:58 PM
After having thought about it for a few hours, this is a good idea, but I'm still trying to figure out how to implement it. One of the most important parts of the updater is that current addon authors have to do nothing to get it to work with it. The question becomes how does the updater distinguish between an "optional" component and a "required" component.

Or I could just leave that to the user.

I'd like to get this implemented, but for now it can't be the top of my priorities. But I'll keep this one open and in mind, because it is definitely something that I'd like to see.

Thanks for the suggestion,
-- Shirik
By: Mikord - 02-18-08 05:07 PM
As far as implementation, I was thinking something like another popup when they install the mod if there are multiple top-level folders in the archive. "This AddOn appears to have multiple modules. Select the modules you would like to update." Then display a list of the items with checkboxes.

I suppose you could even store the selections in your .wid file so the user only has to select the information once unless they decide to change it later.

Again, I'd like to say great work so far. I've been waiting quite some time for a utility like this that actually keeps security in mind.
By: Shirik - 02-26-08 07:27 AM
As an update, this is planned as one of the features for the 0.3.0 release which is currently being developed.