[OSM-talk] JOSM installer, some (not only Win32 specific) questions to be solved ...

Ulf Lamping ulf.lamping at web.de
Thu Jul 26 02:53:24 BST 2007

Hi List!

The current Win32 installer doesn't work really well, and there are 
"infrastructure reasons" causing this ...

As I'm feeling encouraged to regain development of the Win32 installer, 
I have some question / issues that needs to be solved ...

BTW: the debian installer Tweety (Joerg Ostertag) is working on 
basically faces the same problems, I guess ...

stable vs. latest
There seems to be two JOSM versions worth noting: The (latest) released 
version (currently 1.5) and the latest devel version (josm-latest.jar). 
As there are currently incompatible changes between these two (it took 
me hours to find out that the validator plugin causes the problems so 
the current installer doesn't work), I'll need two fixed URL's to get 
both the stable and the latest of the JOSM *and* plugin versions from. 
There's currently a mixture of plugins that may (or may not) work with 
the current JOSM version.

So I guess we'll need a "snapshot" of JOSM *and* the corresponding 
plugins when a JOSM release is made. This ensures, that the plugins 
included with the installer are compatible with JOSM.

"integrate all OSM stuff", or JOSM only installer
When I've started developing the Win32 installer, I've thought to 
include not only JOSM, but also other "tools" like tiles at home, mapnik or 
other related stuff. In the meantime, I got the impression that adding 
such stuff to be "Win32 compatible" will be a huge effort, so it's 
questionable if this will ever gonna happen.

So in the meantime, I've come to the conclusion that changing the 
installer back to "JOSM only" is probably the best here. This affects 
where JOSM is to be found in the "Program Files", "Software Tab" and alike.

I'm currently using a "fictional" version number for the installer, and 
I'm really not pleased with this.

It seems to be a good idea to use the SVN version number from OSM for 
the installer, but JOSM uses it's own SVN. Will the OSM svn increase 
it's version, each time the JOSM version increases?

Regards, ULFL

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