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From Steve Cohen <>
Subject Re: Incorrect documentation of FTP task [net]
Date Wed, 18 Feb 2004 02:27:24 GMT
On Tuesday 17 February 2004 10:11 am, Dominique Devienne wrote:
> > From: Steve Cohen []
> >
> > While it is true that the CVS HEAD of commons-net is required and while
> > it is
> > true that jakarta-oro is required (jakarta-oro is now required for any
> > uses
> > of the ftp task using commons-net), I don't believe it is true that 2.0.8
> > of
> > oro is required.  As far as I know, any jakarta-oro verson greater than
> > VERSION 2.0.1 will work.  Certainly, the latest commons-net code takes no
> > special advantage of the latest oro-code.
> Why can't commons-net use java.util.regex when running under JDK1.4+,
> rather than requiring Jakarta-oro, when a good Regular Expression is
> already built in? Ant already does this (use ORO or JDK regex). Thanks,
> --DD
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To have relied on the JDK regex would tie commons-net to JDK 1.4+ unless we 
could somehow have managed this conditiionality.  The decision to go with oro 
was made when JDK 1.4 was in much less widespread use, and may even have come 
before the release of 1.4.   How does Ant do it?  Is Ant now using 
preprocessed code?  Please point me at the place in ant where you accomplish 

This comes up more frequently now in Ant because Ant 1.6 made the switch to 
commons-net from NetComponents.  NetComponents did not rely on oro because it 
did not do regular expression parsing of the listings.  It was also much less 
flexible because of that - it could only handle unix FTP servers.  Using 
regexes opened up a path to implement support of other server types more 

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