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Make Self-Extracting Archives with makeself.sh

Jan 04, 2012, 08:00 (0 Talkback[s])


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When making your custom scripts or software available to someone else, it's a good idea to make that content as easy to extract and install as possible. You could just create a compressed archive, but then the end user has to manually extract the archive and decide where to place the files.

Another option is creating packages (.deb, .rpm, etc) for the user to install, but then you're more locked into a specific distribution. A solution that I like to use is to create a self-extracting archive file with the makeself.sh script.

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