That is really cool!
No need to look at Makeself anymore.

Great job!

On Tue, Aug 19, 2003 at 07:22:10AM +0900, Erik Veenstra wrote:
> 
> I'm pleased to announce the birth of Tar2RubyScript.
> 
> Tar2RubyScript generates a base64 encoded string from an
> existing tar archive and concatenates that string as comments
> with another Ruby script. The result is <b>just one file, a
> pure Ruby script, containing multiple files, stored as
> comments</b>.
> 
> When the generated script (call it 'The Application') is
> executed, it splits up into two parts (the script and the
> encoded archive), decodes the base64 encoded string to a
> temporary tar archive, unpacks the archive to a temporary
> directory, jumps to that directory, eventually jumps to an
> existing subdirectory, and finally executes init.rb . Et voila,
> your application is up and running.
> 
> Because The Application is pure Ruby and no other programs or
> libraries are needed (not even tar!), it's easy to distribute
> The Application to friends. They don't have to install or
> unpack anything but Ruby.
> 
> Tar2RubyScript is meant for distributing applications written
> in Ruby, although it can be used for distributing applications
> written in other languages, after small modifications to
> Tar2RubyScript.
> 
> More information and download on
> http://www.erikveen.dds.nl/tar2rubyscript/ .
> 
> gegroet,
> Erik V.
> 

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