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Definition of a Module

The keyword for a module definition is Module. A global ID of a module should begin with gid_Module. Modules are the most important structure element inside the setup script and also inside the complete scp projects. Modules are used, to make a user defined installation possible. During the installation it is possible for the user to select or deselect some modules, meaning some functuality, he is not interested in. Each product can be understand as a composition of modules. Every directory in the scp projects defines a module. Modules consist of files, directories and the many other items that are explained in this help. And products like StarOffice consist of the different modules. There is always one module, the root module, that cannot be deselected by the user.

A typical definition of a module in the scp projects looks like:

Module gid_Module_Prg_Calc_Bin
ParentID = gid_Module_Prg_Calc;
Default = YES;
Minimal = YES;
Files = (gid_File_Exe_Scalc,gid_File_Lib_Calc,gid_File_Lib_Sc,gid_File_Res_Sc);
Unixlinks = (gid_Unixlink_Zip);
Dirs = (gid_Dir_Program_Calc);

First of all, a module needs next to the lists, that assign Directories, Files, and Unixlinks to modules, some module specific assignments. This are a Name, a Description, a ParentID, values for Default and Minimal and optionally some styles. The Name and Description are visible during the setup and have therefore to be localized. The module gid_Module_Prg_Calc_Bin above is such a module, making the functuality of the application Calc available, if the user wants so. Therefore the Name and Description is defined in the macro MOD_NAME_DESC, which is defined in the included file

#define MOD_NAME_DESC(id) \
ALL_LANG(Name,STR_NAME_##id); \

MOD_NAME_DESC uses the macro ALL_LANG, which is also defined in In this case the two strings STR_NAME_MODULE_PRG_CALC_BIN and STR_DESC_MODULE_PRG_CALC_BIN are therefore used in this module, describing the name and the description of the module. For the translation process it is therefore important that these two strings are defined and translated in the corresponding lng files.

There is also a feature, which is used, when the user shall be warned if he deselects a module. This is for example important if all fonts are deselected. With the help of the macro MOD_NAME_DESC_ON_DESELECT, which is also defined in the, there can be localized a text, which is shown in a textbox, when the module is deselected.


Very important for the module is the ParentID, showing that all modules belong to a module tree. The upper module in each setup script is the module gid_Module_Root. All other modules have to be in a correlation to this module, and every module knows its parent. In this example the module gid_Module_Prg_Calc_Bin, which is the program module of the Calc application, has the parent Calc. Also below the parent are modules for the Calc Samples, the Calc Templates and so on. On the other hand, the Calc application module is located below the all application module and this again is located below the root module, which cannot be selected by the user and is also not visible for the user. For a better understanding of this module tree you should start a installation and select the user defined installation.

The two lines:

Default = YES;
Minimal = YES;

indicate, that the module is selected in a Default and in a Minimal installation. If the user does not select a user defined installation, he has the choice between default or minimal. With the help of these two values, you can define, whether the module shall be installed in these installation types or not.

There are also some optional styles, which can be assigned to a module:

HIDDEN_ROOT : This flag hides the module for the user and does not show it during the installation. A module that has the HIDDEN_ROOT flag is not selectable or deselectable by the user in a user defined installation.

The great part of the modules are the lists for the scp items, that have to be assigned to modules. There are lists for:


Language specific modules : Beginning with src680m242 the new concept of template modules was introduced. This includes the new file type sct (script template file) which represents files, that contain module definitions without assignments. The sct file is expanded during scp2 build and the resulting inc-file is included into a scp file. In this way modules for all available languages are created automatically.

The assignment of "Files", "Dirs" or other items can be achieved by using template modules, that are not used to define "real" modules, but only assignments to modules. This template modules require the flag TEMPLATEMODULE. This modules can be included from every non template module using the key "Assigns=...". More information is available here: Language specific modules.

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