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- 11-16-2007, 10:44 AM #1
What tool to create Install / Setup packages
Although I have seen that it is possible to get a java app to work by simply copying the whole dist app dir to the destination machine which I like very much (oh the good old times are back), I do know from many people and customers that they like to have a setup program that creates start menu links (under Windows or either on Linux), Desktop links basically - or in some cases to create some default data folder (and set some permissions).
What tools are you using to achieve this? Searching the internet I found a lot of possible solutions. Actually looking on all of them and testing seems a big work so recommendations are greatly appreciated. That would narrow the list of tools to test.Greetings, Martin Wildam.
- 11-16-2007, 11:02 AM #2
- 11-16-2007, 11:16 AM #3
I currently do definitely prefer a free solution especially because of my current phase in Java development (beginner). If it turns out that java development gets a main business for me then I would be more willing to spend money. From my past experience I do not want to invest too early in something that later on stop to concentrate on.
So I will have a look at the lzPack first.Greetings, Martin Wildam.
- 11-16-2007, 11:19 AM #4
It seems that I need to combine that with Launch4J or JSmooth. Which should I prefer?Greetings, Martin Wildam.
- 11-16-2007, 11:26 AM #5It seems that I need to combine that with Launch4J or JSmooth. Which should I prefer?
- 11-16-2007, 11:32 AM #6
How do you create a Installer for Windows?Greetings, Martin Wildam.
- 11-16-2007, 11:56 AM #7
I tried the IzPack - the install process looked fine. Unfortunately I can't get it to run after installation. Or isn't there any user interface to build the setups?Greetings, Martin Wildam.
- 11-16-2007, 12:07 PM #8
It has been long time since i created an installer with izpack (at least 5 years). It did not have any GUI to create installer at that time . It is a small personal project. That is why i recommended a commercial one. They are much more advanced.
- 11-16-2007, 12:14 PM #9
But the price is enormous - for me one big advantage of the java development is that the IDE is free - and then for the setup builder such a price. :(
I am playing with the idea to write a setup builder on my own. Unfortunately I do not know how to create menu links under Linux, BSD or MAC. - Copying the files and create menu links seems to be the most important - the rest (e.g. default configuration creation and so on) I can do within my application as soon as I see that there is so far no configuration available.Greetings, Martin Wildam.
- 11-16-2007, 01:53 PM #10
Java has so obvious needs (install builder, better applets, better ways to integrate with the host system...) for a long time. But unfortunately Sun can not solve all problems or can not detect the things with higher priority with much success.
- 11-21-2007, 09:02 AM #11
I am so stupid - how can I search for an install builder that runs also under Linux. :eek: - An installer is only needed for Windows. For Linux I think people want rpm/deb packages, isn't it?
But actually how it works under MAC I do not have an idea.
And I also do not know how to build packages for RedHat/Fedora and Debian based distributions.Greetings, Martin Wildam.
- 11-21-2007, 09:05 AM #12
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