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From Conor MacNeill <>
Subject Getting 1.6 out the door
Date Thu, 28 Aug 2003 13:07:09 GMT
Hi all,

I've been a bit busy lately so still catching up on issues. I'd really like to 
get Ant 1.6 out there. There are a bucket load of bugs that we've fixed and 
improvements we've made that should get out there, judging by bug reports. 

What I'd suggest is that soon we branch 1.6 and remove anything that is still 
settling down. I think we have a few ideas that need to be kicked around 
before we feel comfortable with them. This work can continue on the HEAD 
(1.7) while we prepare a release.

Once we have 1.6 out there I would like to aim for a 1.7 release much sooner 
than was the case between 1.5 and 1.6. This would pick up those ideas which 
aren't solid today. There will probably be a 1.6.1 release in between to 
clean up any issues we discover in 1.6

I'd like to get some thoughts on the above and if you are agreeable, what 
things you think we should hold over in 1.7. As I see it the major issues we 
have to consider are

1. <import>
2. antlib
3. <macrodef> and <presetdef>

There are surely others so let me know. 

My position on these issues is

1. <import>

Go with it as is. I think it is useful and useable without coming up against 
some of the cases we have discussed. How we address those issues can be 
tackled later, perhaps with a different mechanism. That is bound up in the 
whole issue of target visibility and overriding. 

I'm not sure whether we should provide a simple <include> as well which does 
no renaming (overrides)?

2. antlib

I think this should be in but I am not familiar with its state yet, nor do I 
think it has had enough testing - might just be my own need to kick the 
tyres. Are we planning to antlib Ant's own optional jars? In 1.7 I think we 
need to look at removing antlibs from the root loader when their dependent 
jars are not available in ANT_HOME/lib.

3. <macrodef> and <presetdef>

These seem to have some issues lately and I suggest we pull these into 1.7



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