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From Peter Donald <>
Subject Re: Problems with the current bootstrap process
Date Mon, 29 Jan 2001 16:23:40 GMT
At 05:17  29/1/01 +0100, Stefan Bodewig wrote:
>I finally found some time to breathe today and tried my first
>cvs-update since Pete has started to shuffle around the build
>process. Took me quite some time to figure out what I was supposed to
>do now 8-) Part of the problem is that ANT_HOME and the location of
>the checked out sources have always been the same for the account I'm
>doing Ant development on - I've now changed ANT_HOME to point to the
>dist directory as this seems to give the same results.
>The bigger problem is that the approach doesn't seem to
>work for me (IBM JDK 1.3 on Linux) - the generated Constants.class
>file contains the correct values, but the compiler has optimized away
>the redirection to Constants and Main.class directly contains
>@VERSION@ and @DATE@.
>It seems the compiler is smart enough to rely on *final* here but
>chooses to read the value from the source instead of the class
>file. First I thought I could fix it by compiling on
>its own, but it didn't change anything - I'll have to spend a little
>time investigating whether this is unique to the JDK or my box or

One way to fix it is to convert Constants to a class and make the values
non final (unsexy but workable).


| "Faced with the choice between changing one's mind, |
| and proving that there is no need to do so - almost |
| everyone gets busy on the proof."                   |
|              - John Kenneth Galbraith               |

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