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how to package application in linux

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hi all,
Can someone provide me inputs on how to package a webapplication in either .rpm or .bin format, as the application is a multiplatform application. I have used install shield in windows to build setup file .so is there a similar or anyother way to build a setup file in linux in the above said formats and how should it be configured .
thank u all in advance
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the RPM tool has its own organization and home page, complete with tutorials and reference books available online. it's a powerful tool which is constantly being improved, so there's a lot to learn. the basic notion is that a RPM is built by the "rpm" tool itself starting from the source code of the software to be packaged and using a special "spec" file which tells RPM how to build and package that software; writing good spec files is the major skill you'll have to learn.

i'm not sure what you mean by "bin" format, since that term can stand for many things. i've seen it used in reference to shell archives, which are made by the "shar" tool. i believe that Sun's "bin"-format package of the JRE and JDK is a hand-made specialization of such a shell archive.
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If you want to support multiple (unix/linux) platforms, this may prove useful:
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