See the thread on nbdev with the Subject "runide.sh" in January 2002
for background information.
Essentially, the name "runide.sh" does not have a close association with
the tool it brings up (NetBeans), the .sh extension is unnatural (and is
there primarily to distinguish this script from launchers on other platforms).
My suggestion is that we do the following:
(1) To get around the problem where the names of the launchers include
"clues" to what platform they are meant for, remove all launcher scripts
from the bin/ directory and move them down one level into "platform"
subdirectories: "OpenVMS", "OS/2", "Windows", "Solaris", "Linux",
"HP-UX", etc. Somebody (Jesse?) suggested we combine all the "Unix"
ones. That's okay, but on the other hand are we sure that for example
OS-X users would think to look in the Unix directory? It would be ideal
if opening the "bin" directory caused no confusion for users where to
look for the launchers. There should also be a "Generic" directory
which contains a README explaining how to start NetBeans on other
platforms where we don't provide a launcher - e.g. which class to start
in the VM, properties to set, etc.
Note that there are some other executables in this directory (fastjavac
etc.) that might benefit from also getting sorted into each platform
directory when appropriate.)
(2) Rename the launchers to something closely associated with the tool. I
suggest "netbeans". E.g. Solaris/nebeans, Windows/netbeans.exe, etc.
(3) Handle the "defaults" files and configuration files similarly; they
should be named something very generic ("defaults" might be just right)
or in the case of files in the user's home directory (somebody said there's
a ~/ide.cfg? I wasn't aware of that) something related to the tool, e.g.
~/netbeans.cfg. The run script should be able to find these without
modification; e.g. it should be possible to rename netbeans (and its
default file if it is also named something based on the launcher name)
and everything should work.
(4) Make it part of the documented branding process that the launcher
scripts on supported platforms should be renamed to something appropriate
for that particular tool. This will make it possible for multiple
applications built on top of NetBeans to coexist in the user's path
without the need to launch them via full path.
(5) Also rename files such as ide.policy, ide.cfg, etc. that have "ide"
references in them to make NetBeans a platform, not just an IDE.
1) add icon to the NetBeans.exe file -- it can be then easily found in
"Open with" Windows' action.
2) leave runide.exe in development versions -- it could break many
automated tests, and remove it from beta and FCS versions.
BTW: It seems that it will be implemented in promo-D ;-), but I still
wonder how it could happen that this feature is here from 3.3.1 still
General launcher renamed to nbexec and nbexec.exe. The product
launchers (like /usr/bin/netbeans) are going to call that launcher.
Comment 10Marian Mirilovic
2005-12-20 15:46:55 UTC
This issue was solved long time ago. Because nobody has reopened it neither
added comments, we are verifying/closing it now.
If you are still able to reproduce the problem, please reopen. Thanks in advance.