You should be able to access the tar archive using 7-zip in Windows. I am running the Mad server on a headless debian system that I access from Windows (ssh).
In the back ported version (option 1) you should be able to remove your "jetty" folder, removing the mini java server and then copy in the files from the tar.gz, unpack in the main directory, this will replace the .war file and booter among others (If you have settings saved in madsonic.sh make a backup as this will be replaced too).
Once you restart madsonic the jetty server will be rebuilt but the jsp files will not be precompiled into the server, they should be accessible and modifiable....
... however I am having a problem here...
Testing went like this
1) I renamed the moods.jsp file in WEB-INF etc.... and when i clicked on the "Moods" icon in Madsonic there was a 404 file not found - great, confirming it is trying to access that file I renamed - this is the result I hoped for.
2) I replaced the moods.jsp with my own moods.jsp (which functions as a standalone without a problem) but Madsonic moves incredibly slowly loading (even before clicking "Moods"). Not great
3) result currently still a fail for replacing the jsp files directly with new jsp file
I'll stumble on but not sure if I am doing something stupid here or not!UPDATE:
I have my replaced moods.jsp working fine now - still slower like the old madsonic but it's working anyway <b> Thanks maddevil I used option 1 - back ported Jetty</b> I re coded my jsp starting with the one in place and replacing to ensure it functioned all the way through changes.
P.S. The complication with this mood plane idea is that X-Y coordinates for moods are not "Official" and would have to just be accepted - not that small differences should be a big deal for anyone. I have not been able to find a full list of last.fm available moods so cannot do a "full mapping to x-y" - I believe the list is dynamic anyway is it?
Thanks all, j3tblk I hope the first bit helps.