May 20, 2004
There Can Be Only One

Why separate bin and src distributions?

Good point - but I don't want the docs in a seperate download, either. How about having a batteries-included download with all three; binaries, source, and documentation? That's what I want.

If this ends up being really big, you could have a light binary-only download available too.

Posted to Java by Simon Brunning at May 20, 2004 01:44 PM

What about required libraries? Why not put ./lib into the same package?

Usually, I don't have a "bin" but rather a "build" directory, holding the final product of the ant script. Archive the product and ship it.

When dealing with open source software, you might want to provide separate download for contributors and end-users, anyway.

Posted by: Gabriel Mihalache on May 20, 2004 03:41 PM

Uh, yeah. There shouldn't even be a question about this. If you are shipping open source then give them everything in one download, source code, binaries, docs, etc. I would've figured this was obvious but I guess it's not. This is the way I've been distributing my projects since day 1.

Posted by: Anthony Eden on May 20, 2004 10:07 PM
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