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From Peter Donald <>
Subject Re: [PROPOSAL] No need for CLASSPATH in ANT1
Date Wed, 07 Nov 2001 01:48:45 GMT
On Wed, 7 Nov 2001 09:34, Jose Alberto Fernandez wrote:
> From: "Glenn McAllister" <>
> > Jose Alberto Fernandez wrote:
> > > From: "Peter Donald" <>
> > >
> > > > The problem was that it is not backwards compatible and several tasks
> > > > make the assumption that the system classloader contains the ant
> > > > classes. Hence we can't really implement it in Ant1.
> > >
> > > No offence, but isn't is possible to modify the offending tasks?
> > >  What was insurmountable about it?
> >
> > Of course its possible for us to change our tasks.  But what about custom
> > tasks? We've made a reasonable commitment to break as little as possible
> > before Ant 2. If we change something as potentially fundamental as that,
> > we could break a lot of people.
> What kind of tasks are we talking about. Can someone explain?
> As far as I know, there is nothing in ANT1's API that can be thought to be
> guaranteeing that classes must be loaded from the CLASSPATH.

Most tasks that need to create their own ClassLoaders will do something like

URLClassLoader classLoader = new URLClassLoader( myURLs );

where they would need to do something like

URLClassLoader classLoader = new URLClassLoader( myURLs, 
            this.getClass().getClassLoader() );

if they wanted the ant runtime classes to be included in classLoader (which 
many do need). It would not be a good idea to break all tasks that create 
their own classloaders (many of which do)..

> That is make quite clear by the public entrypoint
> which it is there so that things like
> GUIs can provide their own ClassLoader when invoking ANT1. Given that it
> has been there since from at least 3 releases I would argue that any task
> making CLASSPATH assumptions contins bugs and needs to be fixed.

has nothing to do with the entry point.



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