so, after having spent the last few hours on it, here a status update:
First of all, the base is finished. I've got a concept (which is very similar to the one I've propose in post #51) and was able to overcome all problems, but two. To accomplish all this, I was forced to leave my "SFX-comfort-zone" and move to a (to the user invisible) comand line based approach, using the 7za.exe, offerd by 7-Zip (the project, I mean) as well.
Currently, the installer works in the following way: After showing the usual "disclaimer" and "introduction" pages, the user may (or may not) select, a path for the extraction of both the virtual HDD for the Gateway, as well as for the Workstation (more on that latter). After that, I start cmd.exe in the background. What this does is run the following command: "/K 7za e Whonix_Images.7z Destination". This runs the 7za.exe found in the /bin folder of my project, which in turn starts to execute the Whonix_Images.7z, which is in the same folder. The destination is set (or should be set) through a "openfiledialog" which is shown to the user prior. While this all happens, all the user see is a nice progress bar, filling with some tastefull green.
Now, at this point I have to take two paths, so bear with me for a moment: What I want to happen in the final version is that, after the GW and WS are extracted, the installation of VBox starts automatically and the user sees no transition whatsoever between the two seperate methods of installation. This is something which seemingly can be done, though I still need to find a way of running the entirety of the VBox installer in cmd for this to work.
For the time beeing though, I was forced to call the installer at this point and go through it by hand. In the final version, I also would like to use the installation destination from before for both VBox and the VHDDs, just with different "Sub-folders".
After VBox is installed (either way) I simply run vboxmanage (again, with cmd) to create the necessary Debian-VMs and link the VHDDs. While this happens, I (again) show a progress bar. Like I've said, in the final "version", there should really only be one progress bar, as everything else appears unprofessional. While this progress bar fills, I also extract an alternative GUI for VBox, more to that though, when the design is ready in the thread regarding it (the GUI, I mean).
Now, as you may or may not have noticed from how I talked about it, I currently have a problem with setting the destination manually (i.e. by the user). You see, I use this command to run cmd.exe with the needed command:
strCmdText = "/K 7za e Whonix_Images.7z Insert_Destination";
The issue is, that I am unable to find out, how I can mix normal "text" (or string, if you like), with C# code (or any code for that matter). If someone knows something in that direction, I would really apreciate it. Doesn't even have to be for C#, anything to get me on the right track would be great. The same issue (of course), also plaques the "vboxmanage part", which is why I manually set fixed locations, to test both of them.
Have a nice day,