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Old 07-06-2004, 12:35 PM   #1
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Question Looking for ideas on creating Linux software "installer" that has no visible source.

Well the subject line really says it all. I'm not "new" to Linux but I have never really developed applications to be distributed to other Linux systems or enviroments.

Basically, I have created a remote client application that needs to be installed on multiple machines that potentially have different Linux distributions on them. Compiling from source is NOT an option unless there is a way to mask or make the source files inaccessible that I am unaware of (although this doesn't really sound all that possible).

What I am trying to build would be similar to the Mozilla install or the Flash Player plugin for it which contains no listed source code and works on nearly any distribution, and I am not sure how to go about that.

I have built RPM's and other package types but I am trying to get away from the specificity that these packages tend to create. It could be that creating a "built disbribution" is much easier than I think, but once again, I'm not really sure how to produce this in the Linux enviroment. What I really want is a more distribution independent solution that isn't the direct source compilation.

Any help would be appreciated, and if you have a question about just what the hell it is I'm trying to say I'll be more than happy to try and clear it up.

Old 07-06-2004, 12:40 PM   #2
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I would compile installer/program with static libraries instead of shared by default with the gcc switch -static
Old 07-06-2004, 11:12 PM   #3
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The answer to your problem

Take a look at autopackage. It will work quite nicely:
Old 07-07-2004, 09:32 AM   #4
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Hey Thanks!

Both of these worked out great.
The autopackage tool is pretty excellent though, it's exactly what we were looking for here.
I appreciate the help!

This is, after all, the best place to go to get it.


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