Why, oh Why do you remove zip download for releases?

This has been bugging me and others with every public non-EAP release. Every EAP has a windows non-exe zip posted, but for some reason which escapes any rational logic, it's never posted for public releases. Mind it, it was long ago, but no more, so today we don't have http://download.jetbrains.com/idea/ideaIU-90.162.zip , but only an exe variant.

Now, with fine-tuned and heavily customized workstations of us, Java devs, we simply don't let random exes mess with our beloved JREs and JDKs. So, pleeeeaaase, could you sneak a zip of build 162 to the download location?

Andrew

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Hello Andrew,

This has been bugging me and others with every public non-EAP release.
Every EAP has a windows non-exe zip posted, but for some reason which
escapes any rational logic, it's never posted for public releases.


The reason is very simple: we don't want to clutter download pages on public
sites with download options which are irrelevant for the majority of our
users.

Mind it, it was long ago, but no more, so today we don't have
http://download.jetbrains.com/idea/ideaIU-90.162.zip , but only an exe
variant.

Now, with fine-tuned and heavily customized workstations of us, Java
devs, we simply don't let random exes mess with our beloved JREs and
JDKs.


The IDEA installer doesn't mess with anything: it unpacks its own JRE but
doesn't modify any of the environment variables.

So, pleeeeaaase, could you sneak a zip of build 162 to the
download location?


If you insist. :)

--
Dmitry Jemerov
Development Lead
JetBrains, Inc.
http://www.jetbrains.com/
"Develop with Pleasure!"


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Hi Dmitry,

No problem with not posting a public link, just keeping a zip for those "who care". Thanks for a prompt action, appeciate it!

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Just for completeness, here are cons I have against exe:

  1. Larger download and install base (not critical, but still).
  2. Installer doesn't want to install into an existing EAP folder (ouch)
  3. Installer registers IDEA program in registry, desktop, menus, etc. Not a problem for a typical user, but an issue for EAPs, when we move beyond public beta.
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For what it's worth, I also prefer the convenience downloading a zip file. I appreciate you making this available.

Thanks.

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Download .exe release.

Unpack it (with 7-zip for example).

Delete the jre folder (yeah, we don't need another jre when we already have a lot of jdk's and jre's installed for other reasons =)

Modify idea.bat:
On the line 11 change "JDK_HOME" to "JAVA_HOME".
On the line 21 change "\jre\bin\java.exe" to "\bin\javaw.exe".
On the line 54 prepend to whole line with "start "idea" /B " (it will become "start "idea" /B "%JAVA_EXE%" %JVM_ARGS% -cp "%CLASS_PATH%" %IDEA_MAIN_CLASS_NAME% %*").

Now idea.bat will start the Idea using our beloved JAVA_HOME and without nagging additional console window.

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http://download-ln.jetbrains.com/idea/ideaIU-90.193.zip is missing again. Is there a way to automate publishing a zip alongside others?

Thanks,
Andrew

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Over the years the major/mainstream releases have always been a bit hit and
miss when it comes to providing a .zip file, which I've always found frustrating
but doesn't seem like something that is about to change. As a fairly painless
alternative however, you can unpack the .exe using eg 7zip. From there the
contents can be treated much the same way as the .zip file contents can.

Chris


AP> http://download-ln.jetbrains.com/idea/ideaIU-90.193.zip is missing
AP> again. Is there a way to automate publishing a zip alongside others?
AP>
AP> Thanks,
AP> Andrew
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AP> Original message URL:
AP> http://www.jetbrains.net/devnet/message/5249856#5249856


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