Version 22.0 [Build 8369]

# SDA Control

The SDA control can be used to create a self-decrypting archive which will run natively on Windows platforms.

SDA

## Remarks

The control uses the Deflate algorithm specified in RFC 1951 for compression, and then creates a self-decrypting executable archive. This exe will bring up a dialog that will allow the user to select the target directory in which to decompress the files. There is also an optional splash screen that may be displayed before decompression. The text for this splash screen may be set with the BannerText property. You can also set the text that appears on the title bar of each dialog box using the CaptionText property.

Example (Creating a Self-Decrypting Archive)

control.ArchiveFile = "c:\test.exe" control.RecurseSubdirectories = true control.SourceDirectory = "c:\foo\" control.CaptionText = "Testing SDA" control.BannerText = "Press continue to decompress the archive." control.CreateSDA() control.ArchiveFile = "c:\test.exe" control.SourceFile = "c:\foo\bar.dat" control.CaptionText = "Testing SDA" control.BannerText = "Press continue to decompress the archive." control.CreateSDA()

Note: When creating a self-decrypting archive which exceeds 4 GB or more of uncompressed data or which contains more than 64K files, the control will create a 64-bit archive.

The self-decrypting archive that is created by the SDA control is a Windows application. However, there are command line options available if you wish to batch multiple files. The options are:

 Option Name Description targetpath Path to decompress the archive to. This overrides the ExtractToPath. "." indicates the current directory (if no ExtractToPath was specified and no targetpath is given, the archive is decompressed to the current directory). overwrite If set to true, the archive will automatically overwrite existing files (thus suppressing the message box asking you to overwrite or not) displaymessage If set to false, it will suppress the display of the "Extraction Complete" message after the archive has finished (this may also be accomplished by setting the CompleteMessage config setting to ""). openfile If set to false, this option will override opening the file indicated by FileToExecute. (Alternatively, set FileToExecute to ""). password The password used to decrypt the archive. If the archive is not encrypted this option is ignored. However if the archive is encrypted and no password is supplied, decompression will fail.

For example, the following suppresses all questions and message boxes, and decompress to the current directory, use the following options:  SDAExtractor /targetpath="." /overwrite=1 /displaymessage=0 /openfile=0 /password=pass

Note that if you run the self-decrypting archive with any command line options, the pop up message box containing the BannerText will be suppressed.

## Property List

The following is the full list of the properties of the control with short descriptions. Click on the links for further details.

 ArchiveFile The name of the self-decrypting archive to create. BannerText Optional banner text to show before the self-extraction starts. CaptionText Optional caption (title) text for the self-extractor dialogs. CompressionLevel The compression level to use. ExtractToPath Optional target directory for the self-extractor. FileToExecute Optional file to execute (open) after the archive is extracted. Password An optional password for the self-decrypting archive. RecurseSubdirectories Whether or not to recurse into subdirectories during archive creation. SourceDirectory Directory to be compressed into a self-decrypting archive. SourceFile File to be compressed into a self-decrypting archive.

## Method List

The following is the full list of the methods of the control with short descriptions. Click on the links for further details.

 Config Sets or retrieves a configuration setting. CreateSDA Compresses the files and creates a self-decrypting archive. Reset Resets the control.

## Event List

The following is the full list of the events fired by the control with short descriptions. Click on the links for further details.

 Error Information about non-fatal errors. Progress Fired as progress is made. Status Shows the progress of the operation.

## Config Settings

The following is a list of config settings for the control with short descriptions. Click on the links for further details.

 CompleteMessage Message to notify user that extraction has finished normally. ExtractorStub Path to optional self-extractor executable stub. FileToExecuteParams List of parameters to pass to FileToExecute. InstallationMode This setting will install to ExtractToPath, run FileToExecute, and then remove the extracted files. LogLevel Specifies the level of detail that is logged. RequireAdminPrivs Specifies whether the created executable requires Administrator privileges. SilentExtraction Specifies whether the archive should hide all UI interaction while extracting. CodePage The system code page used for Unicode to Multibyte translations. UseInternalSecurityAPI Tells the control whether or not to use the system security libraries or an internal implementation.

# ArchiveFile Property (SDA Control)

The name of the self-decrypting archive to create.

## Syntax

sdacontrol.ArchiveFile[=string]


""

## Remarks

This property specifies the name of the archive to be written when CreateSDA is called. Any pre-existing archive file will be overwritten.

The filename may be specified with or without a path. Paths may be relative or absolute, and should be specified in the format native to the host operating system. The filename should be specified with the appropriate ".exe" extension. An extension will not automatically be appended by the control.

If the file cannot be written a trappable error will be generated.

Example (Creating a Self-Decrypting Archive)

control.ArchiveFile = "c:\test.exe" control.RecurseSubdirectories = true control.SourceDirectory = "c:\foo\" control.CaptionText = "Testing SDA" control.BannerText = "Press continue to decompress the archive." control.CreateSDA() control.ArchiveFile = "c:\test.exe" control.SourceFile = "c:\foo\bar.dat" control.CaptionText = "Testing SDA" control.BannerText = "Press continue to decompress the archive." control.CreateSDA()

Note: When creating a self-decrypting archive which exceeds 4 GB or more of uncompressed data or which contains more than 64K files, the control will create a 64-bit archive.

String

# BannerText Property (SDA Control)

Optional banner text to show before the self-extraction starts.

## Syntax

sdacontrol.BannerText[=string]


""

## Remarks

If this property is set, a dialog box will pop up displaying the contents of this property as soon as the SDA executable is run. If this property is set to an empty string (default) no banner dialog will be displayed.

Example (Creating a Self-Decrypting Archive)

control.ArchiveFile = "c:\test.exe" control.RecurseSubdirectories = true control.SourceDirectory = "c:\foo\" control.CaptionText = "Testing SDA" control.BannerText = "Press continue to decompress the archive." control.CreateSDA() control.ArchiveFile = "c:\test.exe" control.SourceFile = "c:\foo\bar.dat" control.CaptionText = "Testing SDA" control.BannerText = "Press continue to decompress the archive." control.CreateSDA()

String

# CaptionText Property (SDA Control)

Optional caption (title) text for the self-extractor dialogs.

## Syntax

sdacontrol.CaptionText[=string]


""

## Remarks

This property contains the text which will appear on the title bar of the dialog boxes that appear when running the SDA executable file. If this property is not set, "IPWorks PG Self Extractor - www.nsoftware.com" will appear in the title bar.

Example (Creating a Self-Decrypting Archive)

control.ArchiveFile = "c:\test.exe" control.RecurseSubdirectories = true control.SourceDirectory = "c:\foo\" control.CaptionText = "Testing SDA" control.BannerText = "Press continue to decompress the archive." control.CreateSDA() control.ArchiveFile = "c:\test.exe" control.SourceFile = "c:\foo\bar.dat" control.CaptionText = "Testing SDA" control.BannerText = "Press continue to decompress the archive." control.CreateSDA()

String

# CompressionLevel Property (SDA Control)

The compression level to use.

## Syntax

sdacontrol.CompressionLevel[=integer]


4

## Remarks

This property specifies the level of compression to be used, between 0 and 6. Higher values will cause the control to compress better; lower values will cause the control to compress faster. A value of 0 will store the file without compression.

Integer

# ExtractToPath Property (SDA Control)

Optional target directory for the self-extractor.

## Syntax

sdacontrol.ExtractToPath[=string]


""

## Remarks

If set to empty string (default), the self-extractor will attempt to extract files into a subdirectory of the directory it is being executed from.

The name of the subdirectory is derived from the name of the self-decrypting archive by removing its extension.

String

# FileToExecute Property (SDA Control)

Optional file to execute (open) after the archive is extracted.

## Syntax

sdacontrol.FileToExecute[=string]


"."

## Remarks

This property specifies an executable file which will be run after the archive has completed decompressing. This must be a relative path to a file located within ExtractToPath. If this property is set to ".", the folder to which the archive has been decompressed will open in Windows Explorer. If this property is set to "" (empty string), the extractor will close and take no action.

## Data Type

String

An optional password for the self-decrypting archive.

## Syntax

sdacontrol.Password[=string]


""

## Remarks

This property specifies a case-sensitive password used to encrypt or decrypt the archive. If set to an empty string (default), no encryption is used.

The maximum supported length of the password is 128 characters.

Example (compressing an SDA archive):

control.ArchiveFile = "c:\test.exe" control.RecurseSubdirectories = true control.SourceDirectory = "c:\foo" control.Password = "nsoftware" control.CreateSDA()

String

# RecurseSubdirectories Property (SDA Control)

Whether or not to recurse into subdirectories during archive creation.

## Syntax

sdacontrol.RecurseSubdirectories[=boolean]


True

## Remarks

If this property is set to true, when calling CreateSDA the control will recurse into all the subdirectories under SourceDirectory and include them in the self extracting archive. If this property is false, only the files in SourceDirectory will be included in the archive.

Boolean

# SourceDirectory Property (SDA Control)

Directory to be compressed into a self-decrypting archive.

## Syntax

sdacontrol.SourceDirectory[=string]


""

## Remarks

This property specifies the name of the directory containing the files to be compressed. This may be a local or absolute path. If the RecurseSubdirectories property is true, all the subdirectories under SourceDirectory will be recursed into, and those files will also be compressed.

Example (Creating a Self-Decrypting Archive)

control.ArchiveFile = "c:\test.exe" control.RecurseSubdirectories = true control.SourceDirectory = "c:\foo\" control.CaptionText = "Testing SDA" control.BannerText = "Press continue to decompress the archive." control.CreateSDA() control.ArchiveFile = "c:\test.exe" control.SourceFile = "c:\foo\bar.dat" control.CaptionText = "Testing SDA" control.BannerText = "Press continue to decompress the archive." control.CreateSDA()

String

# SourceFile Property (SDA Control)

File to be compressed into a self-decrypting archive.

## Syntax

sdacontrol.SourceFile[=string]


""

## Remarks

This property specifies the name of a single file to be compressed. When both SourceFile and SourceDirectory are set, only SourceDirectory is used.

Example (Creating a Self-Decrypting Archive)

control.ArchiveFile = "c:\test.exe" control.RecurseSubdirectories = true control.SourceDirectory = "c:\foo\" control.CaptionText = "Testing SDA" control.BannerText = "Press continue to decompress the archive." control.CreateSDA() control.ArchiveFile = "c:\test.exe" control.SourceFile = "c:\foo\bar.dat" control.CaptionText = "Testing SDA" control.BannerText = "Press continue to decompress the archive." control.CreateSDA()

String

# Config Method (SDA Control)

Sets or retrieves a configuration setting.

## Syntax

sdacontrol.Config ConfigurationString


## Remarks

Config is a generic method available in every control. It is used to set and retrieve configuration settings for the control.

These settings are similar in functionality to properties, but they are rarely used. In order to avoid "polluting" the property namespace of the control, access to these internal properties is provided through the Config method.

To set a configuration setting named PROPERTY, you must call Config("PROPERTY=VALUE"), where VALUE is the value of the setting expressed as a string. For boolean values, use the strings "True", "False", "0", "1", "Yes", or "No" (case does not matter).

To read (query) the value of a configuration setting, you must call Config("PROPERTY"). The value will be returned as a string.

# CreateSDA Method (SDA Control)

Compresses the files and creates a self-decrypting archive.

## Syntax

sdacontrol.CreateSDA


## Remarks

Invoking CreateSDA creates the archive specified by ArchiveFile. When the method is called, all files specified by SourceDirectory will be compressed and written to ArchiveFile. If RecurseSubdirectories is true, all the subdirectories under SourceDirectory and the files they contain will also be compressed and written to ArchiveFile.

If ArchiveFile exists when you call CreateSDA it will be overwritten.

As the files in SourceDirectory are being compressed, the Progress event will fire periodically to indicate how many bytes have been processed and the percentage of compression that has been completed.

To include your own custom text on the title bar of all of the self-extractor dialog boxes, set the CaptionText before calling CreateSDA. Setting the optional BannerText property will cause a small dialog to pop up when the self-extractor is run. You can put in a description of the contents, instructions, or any text you like.

Example (Creating a Self-Decrypting Archive)

control.ArchiveFile = "c:\test.exe" control.RecurseSubdirectories = true control.SourceDirectory = "c:\foo\" control.CaptionText = "Testing SDA" control.BannerText = "Press continue to decompress the archive." control.CreateSDA() control.ArchiveFile = "c:\test.exe" control.SourceFile = "c:\foo\bar.dat" control.CaptionText = "Testing SDA" control.BannerText = "Press continue to decompress the archive." control.CreateSDA()

Note: When creating a self-decrypting archive which exceeds 4 GB or more of uncompressed data or which contains more than 64K files, the control will create a 64-bit archive.

The self-decrypting archive that is created by the SDA control is a Windows application. However, there are command line options available if you wish to batch multiple files. The options are:

 Option Name Description targetpath Path to decompress the archive to. This overrides the ExtractToPath. "." indicates the current directory (if no ExtractToPath was specified and no targetpath is given, the archive is decompressed to the current directory). overwrite If set to true, the archive will automatically overwrite existing files (thus suppressing the message box asking you to overwrite or not) displaymessage If set to false, it will suppress the display of the "Extraction Complete" message after the archive has finished (this may also be accomplished by setting the CompleteMessage config setting to ""). openfile If set to false, this option will override opening the file indicated by FileToExecute. (Alternatively, set FileToExecute to ""). password The password used to decrypt the archive. If the archive is not encrypted this option is ignored. However if the archive is encrypted and no password is supplied, decompression will fail.

For example, the following suppresses all questions and message boxes, and decompress to the current directory, use the following options:  SDAExtractor /targetpath="." /overwrite=1 /displaymessage=0 /openfile=0 /password=pass

Note that if you run the self-decrypting archive with any command line options, the pop up message box containing the BannerText will be suppressed.

# Reset Method (SDA Control)

Resets the control.

## Syntax

sdacontrol.Reset


## Remarks

Reset resets the state of the control. All properties will be set to their default values, and any files open will be closed.

# Error Event (SDA Control)

## Syntax

Sub sdacontrol_Error(Description As String, ErrorCode As Integer, Index As Integer, Filename As String, Ignore As Boolean)


## Remarks

The Error event is fired when non-fatal errors occur during compression or decompression. Note that if this event is fired during decompression this may indicate that the archive is corrupt.

By default these errors will cause the component to fail with an exception. The exception may be overridden by setting Ignore to true. This will cause the error to be ignored, the file will be skipped if necessary, and the control will continue operation.

ErrorCode will correspond to one of the following errors:

 1 Bad or missing CRC-32 checksum. 2 Failed to set creation date of a file. 111 Can't open file for read (skipping).

Description contains a textual description of the error. Index and Filename contain the array index (where appropriate) and filename of the file being processed at the time of the error.

# Progress Event (SDA Control)

## Syntax

Sub sdacontrol_Progress(Filename As String, BytesProcessed As Long64, PercentProcessed As Integer)


## Remarks

The Progress event is automatically fired as compression is performed.

Filename contains the name of the file being written.

BytesProcessed contains the total number of uncompressed bytes processed.

PercentProcessed contains the percent of uncompressed bytes processed, corresponding roughly to the running time of the operation.

# Status Event (SDA Control)

Shows the progress of the operation.

## Syntax

Sub sdacontrol_Status(Message As String)


## Remarks

The event is fired for informational and logging purposes only. It may be used to track the progress of an operation.

The level of detail is controlled by the LogLevel setting.

# Config Settings (SDA Control)

The control accepts one or more of the following configuration settings. Configuration settings are similar in functionality to properties, but they are rarely used. In order to avoid "polluting" the property namespace of the control, access to these internal properties is provided through the Config method.

### SDA Config Settings

CompleteMessage:   Message to notify user that extraction has finished normally.

When the self-decrypting executable created by this control successfully finishes extracting the files contained within itself, it may optionally display a Message Box indicating that it's finished. By default, the message "Extraction Complete." is displayed. You may change this to your own custom message. However, any message longer than 400 characters will be truncated. To disable this message, set the CompleteMessage configuration setting to "" (empty string).

ExtractorStub:   Path to optional self-extractor executable stub.

Normally the control loads a self-extractor stub from an internal resource and uses it to create the self-decrypting executable.

If a path is specified in this setting, the file indicated by that path is used instead.

This setting allows you to specify a custom self-extractor. The compiled self-extractor stub is available on demand. Resources such as icons and text may then be modified.

This may also be used to specify if the resulting executable should be 32 bit or 64 bit by setting this to either "*32bit" or "*64bit".

FileToExecuteParams:   List of parameters to pass to FileToExecute.

This setting allows you to pass command-line parameters to the executable file indicated by FileToExecute. Parameters should be in the form of a space-separated list.

InstallationMode:   This setting will install to ExtractToPath, run FileToExecute, and then remove the extracted files.

Is set to true, this setting makes the self-extractor behave as an installer by installing to a temp directory, running the desired executable, and removing the extracted files upon completion. The default value is false.

LogLevel:   Specifies the level of detail that is logged.

This setting controls the level of detail that is logged through the Status event. Possible values are:

 0 (none) No events are logged. 1 (info - default) Informational events are logged. 2 (verbose) Detailed data is logged. 3 (debug) Debug data is logged.

This setting specifies whether the executable created by the control requires Administrator privileges to execute.

This setting is false by default.

SilentExtraction:   Specifies whether the archive should hide all UI interaction while extracting.

This setting specifies whether to hide the progress bar and success window when the archive executable is run. Setting this config to true is equivalent to passing the '/s' command-line parameter to the archive executable.

This setting is false by default.

### Base Config Settings

CodePage:   The system code page used for Unicode to Multibyte translations.

The default code page is Unicode UTF-8 (65001).

The following is a list of valid code page identifiers:

The following is a list of valid code page identifiers for Mac OS only:

 Identifier Name 1 ASCII 2 NEXTSTEP 3 JapaneseEUC 4 UTF8 5 ISOLatin1 6 Symbol 7 NonLossyASCII 8 ShiftJIS 9 ISOLatin2 10 Unicode 11 WindowsCP1251 12 WindowsCP1252 13 WindowsCP1253 14 WindowsCP1254 15 WindowsCP1250 21 ISO2022JP 30 MacOSRoman 10 UTF16String 0x90000100 UTF16BigEndian 0x94000100 UTF16LittleEndian 0x8c000100 UTF32String 0x98000100 UTF32BigEndian 0x9c000100 UTF32LittleEndian 65536 Proprietary

UseInternalSecurityAPI:   Tells the control whether or not to use the system security libraries or an internal implementation.

By default the control will use the system security libraries to perform cryptographic functions where applicable. Setting this to tells the control to use the internal implementation instead of using the system's security API.

# Trappable Errors (SDA Control)

Errors

The following errors may be generated by the control. Note that frequently the error message will contain more specific information than what is listed here.

Note that some non-fatal errors may be trapped and explicitly ignored in the Error event. This will allow the control to continue operation even in case of error.

### SDA Errors

 20105    Password is required to create SDA. 20112    Can't open file for read. 20113    Can't open file for write. 20116    Can't create empty archive. 20119    The maximum size of the archive has been exceeded. 20120    The archive must be specified. 20121    The component is busy. 20151    An I/O error has occurred (details follow). 20151    Cannot find resource (details follow). 20151    Cannot update resource (details follow).