The first is just a text file which lists various updates, and the second is the file that I unzipped and can run the server, as noted above. However, what does the third zipped file called jboss-as-distribution-6.0.0.Final-src.zip do, and what is it used for?
The next file named jboss-as-distribution-6.0.0.Final-src.zip.sha1 just contains the string 0e26770bebb9720f1d7bd0b4627a66dd3628f0a7, and the remaining files also just contain a single string of a similar form. What are they all used for?
The instructions given in marakana.com say that Ant should be used to built the files. Does this have something to do with all 7 files, although the instructions are for JBoss 5? I plan to download Eclipse, which I think contains Ant, so don't want to install more software than necessary.
Finally, on going to http://localhost:8080/ and clicking on "Administration Console" there is a very long delay before the console is opened, and would like to know why.
I would be very grateful with help on this. I have previously used Glassfish on a Linux system, and have used JBoss on an Windows XP system, but it had already been installed, and probably had an earlier version of JBoss 6.
jboss-as-distribution-6.0.0.Final-src.zip is the source code, in case you want to build it yourself. Or need the source for some debugging work. Though be warned this doesn't include the source for "thirdparty" components, some of which are also developed by the JBoss team.
The *.sha1 and *.md5 files are checksums that can be used to verify that the download was successful (an not corrupted).
Those files have nothing to do with Ant. You should have Ant available anyway - if you start doing things in Eclipse you will also certainly run into problems. A glance through the forums will reveal that our first response when you are having problems and you are using Eclipse (or Netbeans) is to dump the IDe and run things entirely from the command line.
It just takes the admin console a while to load, that's all. On the initial run it might even be building some data structures.
OK, many thanks for your advice which clears up my questions. I will retain the source zip file for now, but in light of what you said about it, probably will not use it.
At work last year I did all my development using Eclipse with JBoss, and for the most part didn't have many problems. I downloaded Eclipse Indigo, the latest version, and have just got it working with a test Hello World applications, which runs correctly. However, in going to the Eclipse Marketplace for JBoss tools, the latest version are tools for Eclipse Helios (version 3.2.x). If I can't get it to work, or can't find a version for Indigo, then I will post a question in the Eclipse section. At the very worst I can scrub Indigo and install the previous version Helios, which I used at work last year.
You should try going to the JBoss Tools web site directly (rather than relying on the marketplace). I know that they updated the tools suite to work with JBoss AS 7, and I think that they were using Indigo for their demo. Yeah, just checked the latest development build and it is based on Indigo: http://www.jboss.org/tools/download/dev
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Many thanks and in fact that is exactly what I did. I got Eclipse Indigo to work with JBoss 6 with the tools, and got the server to run from Eclipse. I had decided to use the latest stable version of JBoss 6, rather than JBoss 7. Perhaps I could upgrate to JBoss 7 at a later date.