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From Tim Dawson <tdaw...@wamnet.com>
Subject PROPOSAL: loading tasks from jars for Ant 1.5
Date Wed, 10 Oct 2001 13:44:02 GMT
In summary of the previous thread the recommendation is this:

1. Specify a deployment descriptor for an antlib jar. This would reside in
"meta-inf/antlib.xml" and have a simple structure:

<antlib version="1.0">
   <task name="..." class="..."/>
   <task name="..." class="..."/>
   <datatype name="..." class="..."/>
   <datatype name="..." class="..."/>
</antlib>

2. Alter Project.java to discontinue the use of the defaults.properties
files, and instead do a ClassLoader.getResources("meta-inf/antlib.xml"), and
process each of those on startup.

3. Add a new task "antlib" which can be used to load a jar file containing
ant tasks and datatypes.  This would be used in case someone doesn't want to
drop their antlib into $ANT_HOME/lib.

e.g.
  <antlib file="foo.jar"/>

4. Separate the definition of the optional tasks and types into the
meta-fin/antlib.xml file in the optional.jar.

Please reply with your +1, 0, or -1 vote to the group.

Thank you,

Tim

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