Posted by Shane O'Sullivan on October 26, 2006
Rather than download Rhino separately, I used the version that comes with Dojo, though not in the bundled versions. You have to check out the Dojo source code from the Subversion repository (see here for instructions), and Rhino is in the /buildscripts/lib/custom_rhino.jar file. Alternatively, if you don’t want to download the Dojo source tree, you can just download that single jar file from here. Oh, and you’ll obviously have to have Java installed also, as Rhino is Java based.
Using the compressor is extremely simple. Open a command window and type:
java -jar /path/to/custom_rhino.jar packer.js inputfile.js outputfile.js
You’ll be in for quite a long wait, as the compression takes a loooonnnnggg time, but believe me it’s worth it. I wouldn’t recommend building this into your build process that you run on a regular basis, but before releasing production code it would be a good idea to run your files through Packer.
One caveat is that, due to the fact that the resulting file is absolutely bloody tiny, no attempt has been made at making it readable. All new line characters have been removed, all non-global variables have been renamed to someting unintelligible etc, so all you have to read is a single line of apparent gibberish. However, it works perfectly well and, as I previously mentioned, is bloody tiny! So, give it a go, you won’t be disappointed.
Here is a link to a discussion on the topic on the Dojo-interest forum.