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From "Jose Alberto Fernandez" <>
Subject RE: Antlib... when?
Date Tue, 07 Jan 2003 15:54:57 GMT

> From: Costin Manolache []
> Sent: 07 January 2003 15:30
> To:
> Subject: RE: Antlib... when?
> Jose Alberto Fernandez wrote:
> > Several of the issues exposed here like what to do about redefining
> > tasks and so on where addressed on the proposal in the 
> /antlib/ which
> > I wrote.
> My primary concern with this particular proposal - the XML 
> descriptor. 
> I'm fine with it as long as a simple antlib is also supported, using
> .properties.

The main issue with this is that it needs to support declaring tasks
and datatypes, so a simple .properties would not do.

On the otherhand, the proposal came with a nice <antjar> task that could
be made to generate the XML for you based on some simpler description.
So it does not have to be dificult.

> There is also the issue of automatic loading of antlibs 
> versus explicit
> declaration. At least Conor and me ( convinced by Conor ) expressed
> a preference to explicit. 

To me the reason for automatic loading is to allow ANT core itself
to use and <antlib> to load. I would hate having two different mechanisms
one for core and one for non-core. Whether the autoload libraries
are "discovered" or explicitly mentioned somewhere is a separate issue.

Jose Alberto

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