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From Ken Wood <>
Subject Re: [PATCH] attempt 2 at javac refactoring.
Date Thu, 21 Dec 2000 03:49:50 GMT
I agree. When you are respsonible for a product with
very specific requirements as to what compiler, what
libraries, etc are used, you do NOT want a build
tool to be an eager beaver and just go run with
anything it can find.  There is this requirement
for a defined, controlled, repeatable process...

-1000 for anything like this.

Diane Holt wrote:

> I agree about not losing the compiler property -- I need to specify which
> compiler is being used going in.
> But I have to disagree with this idea:
> > And, I also think, that old modern and classic compilers should be
> > special, I mean, if I set compiler to be jikes, and jikes is not
> > installed
> > on the user site, current ANT throws an exception. I think more robust
> > would be to issue a warning, and try to compile with modern, and if this
> > one is not present either, try classic. Thus it would be great in case
> > of failure of any "custom" compiler, trying modern then classic.
> This would be a very bad idea, as far as I'm concerned -- I can't just
> have things compiling willy-nilly with any old compiler Ant happens to
> find. Yikes! Which compiler I'm using needs to be a very controlled aspect
> of the build.
> Diane
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