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From Sylvain Wallez <>
Subject Re: [RT] A Cocoon installer with IzPack
Date Sun, 20 Nov 2005 16:28:18 GMT
Joerg Heinicke wrote:
> On 20.11.2005 16:13, Upayavira wrote:
>>>>> What about using it to build a neat installer for Cocoon?
>>>> Could it handle the dependency resolution bit? That's the 
>>>> callenging bit.
>>> We should keep installation and deployment separate.
>>> I have nothing against tools that unpack and install core cocoon into a
>>> specified dir, maybe even add desktop shortcuts for starting/stopping
>>> etc. Deployment however should be handled in a different tool, separate
>>> from the installer.
>>> I expect maven to handle most of the tricky stuff like the dependency
>>> resolution, we should just hand it a pom and off it goes.
> Same here.
>> It depends which version you are talking about 2.1 or 2.2. If we're
>> talking 2.2, then yes, Maven will do a lot of it.
> 2.2 of course. Nobody wants to maintain Maven stuff additionally for 
> 2.1 I guess.
>> If we're talking 2.1
>> then no, Maven won't do any. In fact, we already have some code in the
>> whiteboard that can do the necessary dependency resolution with 2.1
>> blocks (see
>> With 2.1, the installer would need to do dependency resolution and a
>> build - without this, it would be hardly worth having.
> Do you really want to add such an additional feature to 2.1 branch? If 
> we already have one (like Ugo's Guilder) we shall go with that one. 
> But I would not add anything new like an installer based on IzPack.


IzPack has been under my radar for a long time as a cool thing, and its 
licence change to the ASL made me consider it would be worth mentioning 
it here.

Now I certainly don't want to start a "my installer is better than 
yours" or "maven or nothing" debate.

So forget it!


Sylvain Wallez                        Anyware Technologies           
Apache Software Foundation Member     Research & Technology Director

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