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From "Conor MacNeill" <>
Subject Re: License problem
Date Tue, 02 Jan 2001 11:57:25 GMT

I think you have two choices.

1. Take out the two jars and instruct the users to place their favourite
JAXP parser into the ant/lib directory
2. just drop xerces.jar in there in their place.

I tried this with a xerces.jar, I built from the latest source and it
worked nicely. If you do go down that path, you need to pick a particular
xerces released version, I guess. You would probably want to test that it
works too.

The downside of the xerces solution is that the xerces.jar is ~770k,
compared with ~140k for the reference JAXP implementation. Not a big deal,
IMHO, but may be important to some.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Guillaume Rousse" <>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, January 02, 2001 10:51 AM
Subject: License problem

> Hello.
> I wanted to package ant for Mandrake, but i saw those two infamous
> binaries ;-) file in ant sources : jaxp.jar and parser.jar, which are (i
> suppose) covered by Sun's java license. If i wanted to do a open-source
> only package, can i:
> -externalise those two files into another binary package, than put
> depencies on it for building/running ant ?
> -replace them completly by xerces ?
> In both case, what sould i change in ant buildfile for building it ?
> As i'm not subscribed, please send your answer to my adress too.
> Thanks for your help.
> --
> Guillaume Rousse
> Murphy's law : If anything can go wrong, it will.
> O'Tool's commentary : Murphy was an optimist.
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