I have a few HTML/Javascript files that I need to package up on the fly (as the HTML file will contain details the user has submitted). I would like it to be extracting.

Deployment platform = Windows
Packaging environment = Java

Must not assume the user has winzip installed.

I was thinking of something that can zip on the fly (which is not too difficult to find I believe), but then another program that can convert a zip file into a self-extracting archive...

Unfortunately I don't know very much about this (else I would be answering questions, not asking them) so any help etc would be appreciated.
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Look into the "*.rar" Archiving tool, which creates compressed archive files:


If I remeber correctly, this tool has a command-line option to create self-extracting archives.
Answered 06/17/2004 by: cmonig
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Winzip can create self extracting exe files and doesnt require the user to have Winzip installed.

Also Winzip comes with a commandline utility for making the above.
Answered 06/17/2004 by: MSIMaker
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Winrar from rarlabs.com is free (for 40 days) also it is very cheap to buy, it is a great product. Be careful, if you use it for work, it is against the license agreement unless you register it. The free version (as with winzip as well) is not free for commercial use. One product that is is 7Zip http://www.7-zip.org/ It is open source and has pretty much all of the features of the above mentioned apps (minus the pretty GUI as it is fairly basic, the developers focused more on functionality).
Answered 06/17/2004 by: cdupuis
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