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From Dan Diephouse <>
Subject Re: Distribution Thoughts
Date Wed, 18 Oct 2006 04:51:57 GMT
Jim Jagielski wrote:
> On Oct 16, 2006, at 2:05 PM, Dan Diephouse wrote:
>> Daniel Kulp wrote:
>>> Dan,
>>>> I just downloaded our distribution SNAPSHOT [1] and poked around a 
>>>> bit.
>>>> First let me say, great work - its looking quite good! However, I 
>>>> think
>>>> we need to address a few items before we're ready for a release:
>>>>     * Why is it a JAR and not a ZIP/Tgz? I personally don't like it 
>>>> and
>>>>       I doubt the incubator will be very keen on it either. For one it
>>>>       extracts a META-INF directory which is annoying and for two it
>>>>       isn't very friendly to users. I would be much more in favor of
>>>>       both a zip/tgz distribution.
>>> It's a self running jar.   java -jar cxf-.......jar
>>> The purpose is that it handles the CR/LF things for windows/unix 
>>> without worrying about windows kits builtin on Linux and vice 
>>> versa.  It also checks the JDK version and other verifications.   
>>> Long term, we want to update that with simple "options" that the 
>>> installer can ask for.  (like "Install JCA support?  (Y/n)").
>> This makes me nervous as no other projects do it and people are more 
>> familiar with zip files.
> Huh?
Well, do you know of one other apache project that distributes a self 
extracting jar? People like zips/tgzs IMO, including me. I didn't even 
realize the jar was self extracting until someone told me, so I think 
there is at least some truth to my statement.

- Dan

Dan Diephouse
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