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From Antoine Levy-Lambert <>
Subject AW: new Launcher and CLASSPATH
Date Thu, 18 Sep 2003 08:26:08 GMT
Hi Stefan,

I think this is a very important issue for ant 1.6.

I would like to delay ant 1.6 until this issue is solved, because the
ability of using custom tasks is a crucial feature.



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Von: Stefan Bodewig []
Gesendet: Mittwoch, 17. September 2003 12:29
Betreff: new Launcher and CLASSPATH

So far all our documentation more or less states that putting your jar
containing custom tasks into ANT_HOME/lib or pointing to it in your
CLASSPATH was equivalent.  This is no longer true if the new launcher
is used.

As ant.jar cannot be found on the system classloader anymore, any
class loaded from the system classloader (i.e. classes coming from
CLASSPATH) can't load the Task class for example.

I see two options:

(1) live with it and document it properly (which means people may have
to link/copy a lot into ANT_HOME/lib).

(2) Fix all tasks that load classes - like Definer - to delegate to
the classloader created in Launcher instead of the system classloader.

I think this can mostly be done by changing AntClassLoader to consult
the context classloader before delegating to the parent, but I'm not
sure whether this would break any other use case.  Or the classloader
created in Launcher must be the parent of the created AntClassloader
instances (probably the better solution).

We may need to search for plain Class.forName invocations as well.

Also, I'm not sure whether build.sysclasspath is going to work as
expected when used with the new launcher.  It seems as if the code in
Launcher that resets the java.class.path system property should take
care of it, but I'm not entirely sure.  If we wanted to test it via
Gump (which uses build.sysclasspath=only), we first need to find a
solution for my first issue above.


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