Linux standalone distibution

Andre Garzia andre at andregarzia.com
Tue Jan 25 06:55:18 EST 2011


On Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 6:56 AM, Peter Alcibiades <
palcibiades-first at yahoo.co.uk> wrote:

>
> Jacque, I never did either of these things, but it looks like you can
> preserve execution bit attributes using tar with the mode option.
>
>
> http://www.linuxtopia.org/online_books/linux_tool_guides/tar_user_guide/Option-Summary.html
>
> Then, to set the icon programmatically, it seems you have to create a
> .desktop file.
>
> http://linuxcritic.wordpress.com/2010/04/07/anatomy-of-a-desktop-file/
>
> Andre will know!
>


Actually, I don't!!!!! :-D

But.... tar and gzip are the prefered way to compress linux stuff. You can
also use .tar.xz files which compress better than tar.gz and will work just
fine in any modern linux. As for icons, I think it really depends on which
DE the user is running, for gnome you can use something like this:

http://library.gnome.org/admin/system-admin-guide/stable/menustructure-desktopentry.html.en
<http://library.gnome.org/admin/system-admin-guide/stable/menustructure-desktopentry.html.en>
http://library.gnome.org/devel/integration-guide/stable/desktop-files.html.en

You might need some other solution for KDE and XFCE, for all the other
environments, you can be positive that your user is savvy enough to know
what to do. Running stuff such as awesome or dwm already makes one a
poweruser.

If you build .deb files or .rpm, I think there is a post-install script
somewhere which you can hook to automatically copy your .desktop file to the
correct place.

Cheers
andre



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