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From "Craig Berry" <>
Subject Extension to Manifest task?
Date Tue, 02 Mar 2004 22:31:39 GMT
Recently, I and others have been discussing the lack of support for
building ejb jars suitable for inclusion in EAR files where the ejb jars
are dependent on other, non-ejb jars.  The problem is that in this
situation, the ejb jar mush have an EAR-relative classpath attribute
listing all the non-ejb jars, but there's no (non-kludged) way to
generate such an EAR-relative classpath list in Ant.  (I can post my
highly kludged approach if anyone is interested.)

I would like to extend the existing Manifest task to take a nested
classpath element, which would generate a class-path attribute from a
contained fileset, doing path substitution to go from
filesystem-absolute to EAR-relative paths.  I haven't worked out the
detailed syntax and semantics yet, but before I do so, I'd like to ask
four things:

1. Am I missing some existing way to do this, in either the release or
dev Ant versions?
2. If not, is anyone else working on something similar already?
3. If not 1 or 2, are there problems with my proposed approach?
4. If none of the above apply, and if I were to develop such an
extension, would it be welcome as a contribution?

Thanks in advance for your time and consideration.

Craig Berry
Principal Architect and Technical Manager
(310) 566-7546

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