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Offline ido

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« Posted 2009-04-21 16:32:14 »

Hi all,

I wanted to create a native-looking installer for my apps.

I looked at izpack, which seems really good - but the problem is that it creates rather hefty installers (overhead from the 'simple' example was somewhere to the tune of 600kb).

Does anyone have a suggestion for an installer generator that has a more minimal foot print?  It should be at the very least able to create shortcuts on windows & be able to run on linux & mac os x.

-Ido.

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« Reply #1 - Posted 2009-04-21 17:09:48 »

600KB overhead is really minimal in my opinion... are you sure you want to spend a lot of time to get down to, say, 400KB?

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« Reply #2 - Posted 2009-04-21 17:36:00 »

You could also use upx on that installer. http://upx.sourceforge.net/
It compresses exe's and dlls and what not...

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« Reply #3 - Posted 2009-04-21 20:34:36 »

600KB overhead is really minimal in my opinion... are you sure you want to spend a lot of time to get down to, say, 400KB?

No, I want to get down to 30k-40k.

My apps are all below 100Kb.

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« Reply #4 - Posted 2009-04-21 20:37:01 »

You could also use upx on that installer. http://upx.sourceforge.net/
It compresses exe's and dlls and what not...

The problem is that on windows a lot of anti virus software would report a upx compressed exe as a virus.

I'm thinking of just using non-platform independent installers for each platform - NSIS for example only has 37kb overhead on windows, and on mac os you generally don't use installers but just pack things up in a dmg.

I'm sure I'll find something small for linux too.

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