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From Wascally Wabbit <>
Subject RE: repository
Date Tue, 16 Nov 2004 18:00:46 GMT
At 12:31 PM 11/16/2004, you wrote:
> > From: Russell Gold []
> >
> > On Tue, 16 Nov 2004 09:06:24 -0600, Dominique Devienne
> > <> wrote:
> > > Additionally, if the notion of what is a dependency could be abstracted
> > > a bit, it would be great. I'm not sure it's reasonable to ask for this
> > > now, but I'm throwing that it now so whatever design decision is made
> > > does not preclude it in the future. What I have in mind are zip
> > > dependencies containing jar+native-libs+descriptors+etc... We're in a
> > > mixed Java-C/C++ environment, and some dependencies are in fact C++
> > > libraries which export their public headers, import libs, and runtime
> > > .dll/.so as a zip.
> >
> > Could you explain this further? Do you mean extracting things from zip
> > files? Or is downloading them sufficient?
>The C/C++ compiler won't like a jar:file://.../!/acme/include
>URL in the include path, so yeah, extracting will need to happen. I'm
>not proposing <dependencies> or <getlibrary> to implement it, but to
>provide some kind of hook to allow it. I already do these things in my
>ad-hoc Ant extensions, but being able to replace my code with a more
>Ant-based solution would be a better long term plan (easier to maintain
>for my successors ;-).
>Like I said, I'm not asking for it, just that it's considered in the
>design, even if just to be rejected on the terms of "we won't do that,
>we only care about pure Java"... --DD

I'm not an Ant committer or anything but I'd like to vote for this
hook too. We're building and artifact management system over Ant and
being able to post-process shared distribution archives to get at
what's *inside* would be very very useful.

The Wabbit 

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