Software Packaging Problem: How to create an Android installer (apk) ?

by Andrew Shu » Tue, 25 Aug 2009 01:05:33 GMT

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In the Android developer docs ( 
publishing/app-signing.html#releasecompile) it mentions 2 build tools-
one being Eclipse and the other Ant. It sounds like you want to look
up more information about Ant and finding or writing tools that use
it. I personally use Eclipse so unfortunately I don't have any info to
offer there.


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       If you put the special locale, zz_ZZ on the list, it will
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       strings so you can look for strings that missed the
       internationalization process.  For example:
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   -j  specify a jar or zip file containing classes to include
   -m  make package directories under location specified by -J
   -u  update existing packages (add new, replace older, remove
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   -v  verbose output
   -x  create extending (non-application) resource IDs
   -z  require localization of resource attributes marked with
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   -S  directory in which to find resources.  Multiple directories
will be scanned       and the first match found (left to right) will
take precedence.   -0  specifies an additional extension for which
such files will not
       be stored compressed in the .apk.  An empty string means to not
       compress any files at all.
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package-export.apk] Error 2
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