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gaurav chhabra
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Joined: Jul 24, 2004
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sir like i m making any software in java then how can i am able to make its setup file.
please help me.
i m very much thankful for your co-operation.
Marilyn de Queiroz
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What kind of a setup file? Are you talking about installing your java app?


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Stefan Wagner
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Joined: Jun 02, 2003
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I allways prefere software without setup: A zip- or - since allmost using linux - bz2 - Archive, which I unzip, and where I find a README-file, where I find a description, on what the software depends.

And the software should depend on nearly nothing.

Using the windows-registry leads to a broken registry sooner or later - my experience - and frustration.

A lot of settings may be stored in a file, and the file in an application-directory, which is the only thing, that's perhaps needed to know before.

The jdk itself is shipped that way - setting JAVA_HOME and adding JAVA_HOME/bin to the path is all which is needed.

However, java-webstart is told to be invented for setup-reasons, but I read that it's buggy in some circumstances (lost more info in my mind) and depends on an internet-connection.
You may not move your application after installation (reorganisation of hard-drives), nor copy it to a floppy/ usbstick or burn to cd for people without internet-connection.

Install-Anywhere and install-shield are setup-programs, which might serve you.


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