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10.4: Use Automator to extract JAR files in the Finder
Authored by: Anonymous on Sep 20, '05 08:42:49PM

All seems a bit of a hassle to me. I've just set BOMArchiveHelper (which is the Finder .zip helper application in /System/Library/CoreServices) to be the helper app for .jar, .ear and .war files. To do this, Get Info on a file of each type and change the helper app in the Open With section. Don't forget to click the Change All.. button to apply this to all files of the same type.

Once you've done this, you can simply double click a .jar, .ear or .war file in the Finder and it will be unzipped for you.



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10.4: Use Automator to extract JAR files in the Finder
Authored by: gamov on Sep 20, '05 11:05:08PM

that's a good idea to use the BOMArchiver BUT you shouldn't change the Default type since applications stored in jar can be launched by double-clicking on it and it should stay the standard behavior.
Now, remain to find a way for the finder to propose the BOM archiver directly on the menu instead of having to go through the painful Open dialog



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10.4: Use Automator to extract JAR files in the Finder
Authored by: Anonymous on Sep 21, '05 06:47:58AM

Fair enough but I have so few .jars I want to launch via the Jar Launcher, I prefer to custom open those (drag onto Jar Launcher) on the very few occasions I need to. As a J2EE developer I spend most of my time unzipping .jars, not running them in the GUI. I suspect there are a lot of people in the same position.



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BOMArchiveHelper
Authored by: sjk on Sep 21, '05 09:22:24PM

On my 10.3.9 system, opening a .jar file with BOMArchiveHelper created a .cpgz archive of it rather than extracting it. If it does indeed extract files on 10.4, you could drag BOMArchiveHelper to the Dock then drop .jar files on its icon.



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