[izpack-devel] odd / unexpected behavior -> comments please

Dennis Reil Dennis.Reil at reddot.de
Thu Jan 11 09:19:36 CET 2007

I think, a knowledgebase is a good idea and suggest to use the wiki on
the izpack homepage.


> Hi everyone,
> I wanted to let you all know about a strange experience I just had during an
> installation and a related experience some time ago. Perhaps it can help
> others to deal with similar issues. BTW The experience some time ago was
> what prompted me to suggest the logging facility, so that users get better
> information if an installation was not entirely successful.
> What happened some time ago was, that the properties of a file with the
> extension .cfg seemed to have been changed to read-only, during or
> immediately after installation! As you might guess, later attempts to
> override said file where not successful, which caused problems.
> What happened today on a customer's machine, was again related to a file
> with the same extension. This file is a plain text file. After installation
> the result on the customer's machine was not as expected a new version of
> this file, but a *merge* of the prior existing content and the new content!
> I should mention, that if you look at the comment for files with this
> extension in the Windows Explorer, it says that it is a configuration file
> for Microsoft Outlook.
> I had a brief phone discussion about this incident with Klaus and we both
> agree that either Windows or some kind of daemon installed by Outlook
> perform some 'magic' in the background if a change or new installation to a
> file with this extension is detected.
> Suggestion / Request for Comments
> =================================
> I suspect this is hardly the only strange thing that happened during an
> installation, nor do I believe such things are isolated to Windows.
> Therefore I was thinking, that a knowledge base about observed install
> related problems might be a helpful thing. It might even help to avoid some
> problems, e.g. if I had known that the extension .cfg could cause this kind
> of trouble, I would never have used it.
> - what do you think about this suggestion?
> - how could we best establish such a knowledge base for IzPack?
> Cheers
>        Elmar
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