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Offline endolf

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« Posted 2012-01-10 20:48:14 »


I've had enough of webstart, it claims things have gone fine, but my exception reporting code is reporting missing lwjgl dlls. I've had a play and I can create exes with launch4j, executable jar installers with izpack, mac os bundles. What I was wondering, is what other people have found users do and don't like?

Do installers have to install shortcuts on all platforms?, I've hit an issue where if I try and lauch4j up a windows exe of a izpack installer it won't install the shortcuts, which is more important, an exe and no shortcut v.s. an executable jar with a shortcut created?. The exe option means java installation has been checked for me.

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« Reply #1 - Posted 2012-01-10 22:06:35 »


Java Web Start is buggy but when you know its limitations, you can do great things with it. For example, I added the shortcut support for more platforms in my own project instead of using the broken feature of Java Web Start  Grin I don't understand why you have some problems with it, it works fine with LWJGL.

IzPack is unable to create real desktop shortcuts on some platforms including Mac OS X as far as I know.

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« Reply #2 - Posted 2012-01-10 22:29:33 »

I kinda like the way I'm doing it now but I'm going to rip out a chunk of it and replace it with getdown or some unholy hybrid concocted from the LWJGL applet loader, because I'm basically sick of the whole upload / build process etc.

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« Reply #3 - Posted 2012-01-10 22:35:46 »

GetDown is probably the nicest way to go for full updatable java application installs, its a readily available solution, plus its a tried and proven method that has been working great for years for large masses of gamers.
Offline endolf

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« Reply #4 - Posted 2012-01-10 22:40:47 »

That's what I've currently replaced webstart with, but that required 5 or so files to be placed somewhere. I decided that most windows users can't cope with a zip, so was wondering what options there are to get those 5 files in place before getdown kicks in. Also, Riven was saying that getdown just stopped in the middle of some files when it was downloading. No idea why as it's worked for everyone else.

Thanks for the input so far.


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