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From "Steve Loughran" <>
Subject Re: removing deprecated stuff
Date Thu, 22 Nov 2001 19:07:23 GMT

----- Original Message -----
From: "Peter Donald" <>

> > For example things like copyfile, copydir, deltree, rename javadoc2 and
> > such should IMHO be removed.
> aesthetically it may be a nice idea but I can't see an advantage from an
> engineering perspective. If feature X (copydir, deltree, whatever) is not
> costing us anything to maintain then why remove it? There is still people
> using old versions of ant for one reason or another. Some have just never
> seen a reason to upgrade. When they do upgrade I would like things to work
> much as possible.
> If you are really worried about aesthetics or people trying to maintain
> old files then move them to a new hierarchy (ie src/compat) and place a
> README.txt/WARNING.txt/whatever in that hierarchy warning people that not
> patches will be accepted or applied to tree.

1. We can pull all references to these from the docs. This stop anybody who
doesnt use them now from using them in future

2. We can put a Sleep(20) in front of each call to penalise anyone who uses
them. Harsh but a nondestructive means of hinting that they should stop it.

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