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From Craig L Russell <Craig.Russ...@Sun.COM>
Subject Re: [VOTE] publish openjpa 0.9.6-incubating release
Date Fri, 17 Nov 2006 20:43:53 GMT
Some of the smarter browsers will look at the .jar suffix and try to  
execute it by looking at the manifest to find the Main program. This  
is not the behavior we want. I don't know of any such issues  
with .zip files. If these are automatically processed by the browser  
download program, they typically simply decompress the file into a  
directory, which is actually what is intended.


On Nov 16, 2006, at 6:22 PM, Marc Prud'hommeaux wrote:

> Roy-
> I think people use the ".zip" extensions because that is what most  
> desktop managers will map to the decompression application. Also,  
> recent version of Windows allow exploring of .zip file from within  
> explorer.exe as if they were directory structures.
> To my knowledge, no OS is smart enough to be able to distinguish  
> between a .jar that is just an archive of files vs. an  
> executable .jar file (where double-clicking indicates that the  
> jar's application should be launched).
> Of course, the existing .zip assembly file can always be unpacked  
> using the "jar xvf" command, so no additional software  
> should ever be required to unpack them.
> On Nov 16, 2006, at 5:49 PM, Roy T. Fielding wrote:
>> On Nov 16, 2006, at 5:22 PM, Marc Prud'hommeaux wrote:
>>>> BTW, why distribute a zip package?  Wouldn't it be more sensible to
>>>> distribute as a jar?  Just curious.
>>> The zip contains documentation, examples, and the dependency jars  
>>> required to run the examples.
>> Yes, I know that -- the point was that the jar format, as in
>>    jar cvf mypackage.jar mypackage
>> is a general archive format that uses ZIP compression and can be
>> unpacked by anyone who has installed java.  Is there a reason to
>> use a separate packaging format that is specific to winzip?
>> I use gzipped tar for C releases and jar for java releases, but
>> I have also seen a lot of other java projects that distribute both
>> a .zip package and a tar.gz package.  I was wondering if you knew  
>> why.
>> ....Roy
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Craig Russell
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