zip or msi

Why is the "zip" that much bigger than the "msi"? Does it contain more info/code/tools or whatever?



To: AskMonty KB <noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
From: Peter Laursen <peter_laursen@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 28 Jun 2013 10:09:35 +0200
Cc: Maria Discuss <maria-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

I have asked a similar question before. This is the reply I had at the time
(quoted from memory):

The .zip contains everything that is part of MySQL. This includes the test
suite written in Perl and even *nix shell scripts etc. that will make no sense
for most Windows users as they most often don't have environments to utilize
it (a Perl environment, Cygwin etc.).

The .msi contains everything that is required to use and maintain the server
on Windows - but not what requires unix-style environments installed.

If you install the .msi and download and unpack the .zip and compare the
contents of the packages you will see a few folders in the .zip that are not
in your installation created with the .msi.


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