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From "Peter B. West" <pbw...@powerup.com.au>
Subject Re: [PROPOSAL] Remove ant.jar and build.bat/sh
Date Thu, 11 Dec 2003 09:33:34 GMT
Jeremias Maerki wrote:
> Following a problem on fop-user I'd like to propose the removal of
> ant.jar and the build.bar/sh pair. I've heard that best practice is not
> to bundle Ant with a project, though I can't point you to a web page.
> 
> It's reasonable to expect that everybody who wants to compile a Java
> program to install Ant because it's so widely used.
> 
> I know it's convenient that you can download FOP and simply call
> build.bat but removing our own ant.jar makes the distribution smaller,
> removes potential error sources (such as the one uncovered on fop-user
> and provided we have a version check in our build.xml).
> 
> If nobody objects I will try to find time during the weekend to do that.

Jeremias,

Removing ant, fair enough, but why the build scripts?  Shouldn't they be 
extended a little to check for the presence of an ant installation and 
make appropriate noises if one isn't found?

Peter
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Peter B. West <http://www.powerup.com.au/~pbwest/resume.html>


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