[tor-talk] which 3.0a4 package is for Windows

Moritz Bartl moritz at torservers.net
Wed Oct 9 07:03:25 UTC 2013

On 10/09/2013 06:24 AM, Joe Btfsplk wrote:
> Except in this case, the file / package isn't an executable - it's a
> compressed archive.  The "exe" may be used here to indicate a Windows
> build, but it's just a zipped (.7z) file. 

It may contain a .7z archive and you may be able to open it using 7zip,
but it is still an executable, containing both the compressed archive as
well as an self-contained unpacker. (the jargon term is "SFX",
self-extracting archive)

In the case of 3.0, it should even be a proper installer made with NSIS.
Did you actually try to run it?

> Technically, shouldn't the Windows packages have a compressed archive
> extension, like the other platforms?

You can't make it right for everyone. Most Windows users don't know how
to deal with archives, but do expect a "wizard" to guide them when they
double-click a file.

> Besides, emailing a Windows TBB package w/ .exe extension can create
> problems.  Why not call it what it is?

It is a proper Windows executable, not simply an archive.


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