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(unofficial) Choco Persistent Packages (Task)

2018.05.06

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This package was approved by moderator gep13 on 5/7/2018.

choco-persistent-packages (re)installs any missing crucial Chocolatey packages that you designate as persistant packages. Uninstall a persistent package and it will be installed again ready for use the next day.

This package creates a Windows Scheduled Task to run "cinst $env:ChocolateyInstall\config\persistentpackages.config -y" every day at a time that you specify. And because sometimes package installations go wrong... it will also create a Windows Scheduled Task to run "taskkill /im choco.exe /f /t" to stop the Chocolatey (choco.exe) process and all child processes at a time you specify.

WHO IS THIS FOR?

choco-persistent-packages is designed for Chocolatey Pro and Chocolatey Business licensed users who's computers are not necessarily under Active Directory Directory Services Group Policy control or other system mananagement utilities that can enforce software installation and desired state.

WHY DO I NEED THIS?

If you have users/employees/a friend/a little brother/etc. that uninstalls programs/Chocolatey packages that you don't want uninstalled, choco-persistent-packages will (re)install those programs/Chocolatey packages that you deem necessary to keep installed. Basically you create a list of important packages and choco-persistent-packages will reinstall them every day if they are missing.

WHY DO I NEED TO BE A CHOCOLATEY PRO OR BUSINESS USER?

You don't. But choco-persistent-packages will only work if the Chocolatey package data is missing. If a program is uninstalled outside of Chocolatey via Programs and Features this will not have any effect as Chocolatey and choco-persistent-packages will not know the program has been uninstalled. Chocolatey Pro and Business editions include a feature called Package Synchronizer - Automatic Sync which removes the Chocolatey package data when a program is uninstalled via Programs and Features. After this synchronization occurs (every execution of choco.exe), choco-persistent-packages will see the program/package missing and reinstall it at the designated time.

INSTALL INSTRUCTIONS:

You can install choco-persistent-packages with TIME and ABORTTIME parameters to make it run daily at your preferred time. If you enter no parameters at all, choco-persistent-packages will default to run at midnight every day and abort the process at 1 AM. When entering the TIME and ABORTTIME parameters, use "Military Time." Not entering the correct format will fail the install. Please see the examples below.

INSTALL EXAMPLES:

  • choco install choco-persistent-packages --params "'/TIME:04:00'" - (re)installs persistent packages at 4 AM and aborts at 1 AM 21 hours later.
  • choco install choco-persistent-packages --params "'/TIME:06:30 /ABORTTIME:08:30'" - (re)installs persistent packages at 6:30 AM and aborts at 8:30 AM.

A NOTE ON DEFAULTS:

  • If you don't specify any parameters, choco-persistent-packages defaults to running daily at midnight and aborting at 1 AM. (My preference!)
  • Not specifying a TIME will always default to midnight. Not specifying an ABORTTIME will always default to 1 AM. If you're setting a TIME, be sure to also set the ABORTTIME.

POST INSTALL INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Edit \ProgramData\Chocolatey\config\persistentpackages.config and read the comments section.

If you have a previous release of choco-persistent-packages installed, upgrading to a new version will NOT modify your current scheduled task or list of persistent packages. You will need to uninstall and re-install to take advantage of the new ABORTTIME feature.

PACKAGE NOTES

To install (unofficial) Choco Persistent Packages (Task), run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco install choco-persistent-packages

To upgrade (unofficial) Choco Persistent Packages (Task), run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco upgrade choco-persistent-packages

Files

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  • tools\.SkipAutoUninstaller
  • tools\chocolateyinstall.ps1 Show
    $packageName = 'choco-persistent-packages'
    $toolsDir    = "$(Split-Path -parent $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition)"
    $pp          = Get-PackageParameters
    $TaskCommand = 'cinst $env:ChocolateyInstall\config\persistentpackages.config -y'
    $CheckConfig = "$env:ChocolateyInstall\config\persistentpackages.config"
    
    $GotTask = (&schtasks /query /tn choco-persistent-packages) 2> $null
    if ($GotTask -ne $null){
       Write-Host Existing choco-persistent-packages scheduled task found. Keeping existing scheduled task and persistentpackages.config file. If you want to change the task runtime or abort time, uninstall and reinstall the package. Uninstalling the package will not delete your persistentpackages.config file. -foreground magenta -background blue
       exit
      }
    
    if (Test-Path $CheckConfig){
        Remove-Item "$toolsDir\persistentpackages.config"
        } else {
          Move-Item "$toolsDir\persistentpackages.config" "$env:ChocolateyInstall\config" -Force -ErrorAction 'SilentlyContinue'
    	  $WhoAmI=whoami
          $Acl = Get-Acl "$env:ChocolateyInstall\config\persistentpackages.config"
          $Ar = New-Object  system.security.accesscontrol.filesystemaccessrule($WhoAmI,"FullControl","Allow")
          $Acl.SetAccessRule($Ar)
          Set-Acl "$env:ChocolateyInstall\config\persistentpackages.config" $Acl
        }
    	
    Write-Host "" 
    Write-Host "choco-persistent-packages Summary:" -foreground magenta	
    
    if ($pp["Time"] -eq $null -or $pp["Time"] -eq ''){
         $RunTime = "00:00"
         Write-Host " * TIME NOT specified, defaulting to MIDNIGHT." -foreground magenta
        } else {
          $RunTime = $pp["Time"]
    	  Write-Host " * TIME specified as $RunTime." -foreground magenta
    	 }
    
    if ($pp["ABORTTIME"] -eq $null -or $pp["ABORTTIME"] -eq ''){
          Write-Host " * ABORTTIME NOT specified, defaulting to 1 AM." -foreground magenta
    	  $AbortTime = "01:00"
        } else {
    	  $AbortTime = $pp["ABORTTIME"]
    	  Write-Host " * ABORTTIME specified as $AbortTime." -foreground magenta
        } 	 
    
    SchTasks /Create /SC DAILY /RU SYSTEM /RL HIGHEST /TN "choco-persistent-packages" /TR $TaskCommand /ST $RunTime /F
    SchTasks /query /tn "choco-persistent-packages"
    SchTasks /CREATE /SC DAILY /RU SYSTEM /RL HIGHEST /TN choco-persistent-packages-abort /TR "taskkill /im choco.exe /f /t" /ST $AbortTime /F
    SchTasks /query /tn choco-persistent-packages-abort
    Write-Host " * To configure, edit $env:ChocolateyInstall\config\persistentpackages.config and read the comments section." -foreground magenta
    Start-Sleep -s 10
    
    
  • tools\chocolateyuninstall.ps1 Show
    #persistentpackages.config file purposely not deleted as not to lose configuration on a re-installation
    $packageName = 'choco-persistent-packages'
    
    SchTasks /Delete /TN “choco-persistent-packages” /F
    SchTasks /Delete /TN choco-persistent-packages-abort /F
    
    
  • tools\persistentpackages.config Show
    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    <packages>
    </packages>
    
    <!--
    EDIT THIS FILE ABOVE TO DESIGNATE YOUR PERSISTENT PACKAGES
    
    Edit between the package tags above and insert your list of persistent packages in any of the following formats:
    
    <package id="packagename" />
    <package id="packagename" version="1.23" />
    <package id="packagename" version="1.23" source="someLocation" />
    
    These Chocolatey packages will be (re)installed on the schedule you specificied during installation of choco-persistent-packages.
    
    If any package is already installed, Chocolatey will attempt and just throw the error packagename vx.x already installed and waste a few seconds of your computer's time. If it's not there, it will be installed.
    
    Official Chocolatey packages.config information can be referenced here: 
    https://chocolatey.github.io/usage.html#the-packagesconfig-file
    
    If you want to auto-generate a package list of all your existing packages you can do so with my choco-package-list-backup package. Then just copy the packages.config to \ProgramData\Chocolatey\config and rename packages.config to persistentpackages.config. I recommend doing this and then editing out all non-essential packages.
    
    EDIT THIS FILE ABOVE TO DESIGNATE YOUR PERSISTENT PACKAGES
    -->
    
    </xml>
  • tools\persistentpackages.config - Shortcut.lnk

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Dependencies

Package Maintainer(s)

Software Author(s)

  • Bill Curran

Copyright

Copyleft Bill Curran

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Release Notes

https://github.com/bcurran3/ChocolateyPackages/blob/master/choco-persistent-packages/readme.md

Version History

Version Downloads Last updated Status
(unofficial) Choco Persistent Packages (Task) 2018.04.23 157 Thursday, April 26, 2018 approved
(unofficial) choco persistent packages (Task) 2017.08.20.01 204 Friday, January 5, 2018 approved
(unofficial) choco persistent packages (Task) 2017.08.20 262 Sunday, August 20, 2017 approved

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