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From Geir Magnusson Jr <g...@pobox.com>
Subject Re: Intention to work on Pack200 uncompressor/compressor
Date Fri, 26 May 2006 12:29:57 GMT


Alex Blewitt wrote:

> Actually, it would be good to have some packed Jars that I could then
> test my unpacking algorithm on. Does anyone know if I can run the
> Sun-supplied packer to compress Jar files and then use that as an
> input into my unpacker algorithm?

That should be no problem.  It's just data.

> I'm guessing it's OK to do that, but
> I need to be able to demonstrate that I've not used any internal
> knowledge of the implementation to achieve the goal of a clean-room
> implementation.

Well, using Sun's program to create a compressed jar doesn't give you 
internal knowledge, unless it spews out it's own source while running to 
keep the user entertained during the run or something :)

geir

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