Zip Behavior on Windows
katir at hindu.org
Thu Apr 15 23:19:33 CDT 2010
I regularly ship apps to some users by simply packaging it as a zip
file. Mainstack, engine components all in a folder, right click,
On the Mac the user double clicks and a folder pops up, neatly
extracted, all components inside next to the main stack and engine.
Now something has changed on windows. if the user double clicks on the
zip file WinZip is exposing the contents of the package in still
compressed form. Naive users are baffled. If they unzip the .exe file
they see in there, it still doesn' work.
I left a query at the winzip site and got a nice prompt response saying
"It has always been like this" (why are we only now getting problem
reports then?) that was 2 pages long! Ouch.
I could ferret out that we now should be making a "self-extracting
archive." I don't know if that is still a zip file or not.
Of course some will say "your really should be using a windows
installer..." but, does it need to be that complicated?
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