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From Dennis Lundberg <>
Subject Re: [all] src-ide and javadoc-ide?
Date Wed, 25 Jan 2006 18:34:28 GMT
robert burrell donkin wrote:
> IIRC good reasons were put forward a while ago for starting to
> distribute jars aimed at IDE users. would contain compressed
> source and javadocs. (or similar names)
> these should contain LICENSE.txt and NOTICE.txt. a META-INF directory
> sounds like a good place to store them. 
> but should these jar's contain a MANIFEST?
> opinions, please

This is a good thing to do. I've created source jars for my own use, 
much like the src-ide you describe.

I use IDEA and it is satisfied with only the src. From that it derives 
the JavaDocs automagically. Don't know about other IDE:s but IDEA 
handles jar files quite nicely - no need for zip files.

Depending on how the files will be named, it might be of interest to 
have a MANIFEST. Would the files contain version number? The MANIFEST 
should contain the correct specification and implementation version for 
the component.

Dennis Lundberg

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