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From "Conor MacNeill" <>
Subject RE: What is the purpose of
Date Fri, 14 Jul 2000 12:00:36 GMT

I have let Sam know that I broke his builds :-(. It was to be expected and I
think Sam would know that since he summarised the situation prior to my
actually making the changes. is now JUST for building ant. It cannot be used to build other ant
based projects. The script does assume that you are running it in the same
directory. It is, however, still useful to have for a
number of reasons.

I think it is a semi standard that jakarta projects include a to allow you to build the project right out of CVS. The
automatic bootstrap makes this simpler for the first-time ant builder.

The ability to install ant into $ANT_HOME is also useful. Normally it is
somewhat dangerous to overwrite the scripts and jars from which you are
running. build fullinstall allows you to install into the ANT_HOME without
having to run the ant that lives there.

At Sam's suggestion I made simple drivers for
ant/ant.bat. This reduces the duplication of code that had been the case
prior to these changes.

I am hoping Sam changes his build scripts to use ant rather than
i.e. change /home/rubys/jakarta-ant/ to
presuming ANT_HOME is set appropriately or unset altogether.

What do you think?

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Stefan Bodewig []
> Sent: Friday, July 14, 2000 8:25 PM
> To:
> Subject: What is the purpose of
> In the light of Conor's changes and looking at Sam's script in
> <URL:
> /buildall.html>
> (all his builds fail since the changes) I'm a little bit puzzled.
> What is supposed to do?
> The way Sam uses it looks as if was a wrapper around ant to
> build arbitrary projects - I thought that bin/ant is the right thing
> to use.
> The way Conor has changed it, it becomes unusable unless your current
> working directory is ${ANT_HOME} - otherwise it is going to run
> ./ and fails in turn because this will probably not exist
> (as opposed to ${ANT_HOME}/
> It wouldn't be too difficult to revert the behavior back to what the
> old did - I just don't see why we'd need it and not use
> bin/ant directly.
> Could somebody please help me out?
> Stefan

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