[Clipart] check it

Bryce Harrington bryce at bryceharrington.com
Thu Apr 29 01:06:03 PDT 2004

On Thu, 29 Apr 2004, Daniel Carrera wrote:
> Jonathan Phillips wrote:
> > Yeah, the site right now is PHP and it isn't that difficult to code...I
> > just think it is good for us to see what others are using.
> I wonder.  How are people supposed to install the clipart in the zip file? 
> Are they supposed to go to the appropriate directory and copy it?
> If so, we may be able to do a slight improvement on MS' idea.  We could have 
> the option of creating a self-installer.  You run it and it automatically 
> puts the files in the correct hierarchy in (say) /usr/local/share/clipart/
> You can do this using MakeSelf.
> http://www.megastep.org/makeself/
> It works in all Unices including Linux and Mac OS X.
> It allows you to make a self-extracting archive which, after extracting 
> itself runs an arbitrary program (e.g. an installer).  I've used this 
> before.  It actually works.  I was very impressed.

Interesting idea - I think it sounds like a good approach to have
automatically generated packages.  It might make upgrades a bit more
intricate, but that may not be an important aspect.

Another option is 'autopackage' which provides a self-extracting archive
named *.package that you run to install things.  It includes a graphical
installer and is relocatable (i.e., you can choose to install to a place
other than the default).  We recently patched in support for this into

Since both autopackage and makeself sound like they're pretty
*nix-specific, we may also want to investigate something similar for use
on Windows.


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