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Manuel Farias Hernandez
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I am writing a kind of install wizard, that I have named JInstall. This JInstall calls a UNIX shell script named install. This script, is the real installation program, and my JInstall is just a nice front end that gathers settings from the user, presents the License.txt file, etc. My JInstall extends JFrame, and uses several JPanels together with a CardLayout Manager to handle the different pages that the user has to go through, for example, a License Agreement Page, Directory Selection Page, and so on.

In the Install Page, I want to display the output from the install shell script in a JTextArea. My problem is that, the output from the shell script install is not simultaneously displayed as the install script runs. All the output is displayed when the script ends, and the scripts takes 1 - 2 minutes to run. Thus, my Java application seams to hang when the user clicks the Install button (a JButton ...).

Please note that my call of the install shell script, is done through the following steps:

runInstallShellScript() {
cardLayout.show( cardPanel, "Install" );
SwingUtilities.invokeLater( this ); // To let the GUI be updated.

public void run() {
// Run the install script

The use of SwingUtilities.invokeLater is needed, as previously, the updates to the GUI did hang while the install script run. Now, the Install Page is displayed, and then starts the shell script.

So, thus somebody know what I should do? Maybe, there is a complete different approach to have when creating Java-GUI-shell-script-application.
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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