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From Steve Loughran <steve_lough...@hpl.hp.com>
Subject auto download of antlibs
Date Sun, 08 Feb 2004 20:24:32 GMT

OK, now that Ant1.6 has antlibs, it is time to think of the next step: 
auto download of antlibs and (perhaps) dependencies.

1. Possible requirements

-allow users to specify the URLs of dependent antlibs
-allow teams to provide an override point that specifies their location
-secure download -only files from trusted sources are fetched.
-caching of downloads, global or per-user
-go through proxies
-allow antlib providers to move their files (handle redirects)
-allow antlib providers to mirror, by having a mirror file that lists 
possible sources
-support private repositories (intranet/internet, https, authenticated) 
as well as public sources
-make it easy to publish an antlib, and register it in the ant central list

Anything else?

2. What things implement this? What do Maven and Ruper do?


3. do we want to integrate this with ant, or have some more standalone 
tool that can be used to keep a component repository up to date, a tool 
with an ant task for use in a build file. A sort of apt-get for apache 
stuff...









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