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Subject DO NOT REPLY [Bug 32099] New: - apt task fork attribute should default to true
Date Sun, 07 Nov 2004 04:51:46 GMT
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http://issues.apache.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=32099

apt task fork attribute should default to true

           Summary: apt task fork attribute should default to true
           Product: Ant
           Version: 1.7Alpha (nightly)
          Platform: PC
        OS/Version: Windows XP
            Status: NEW
          Severity: Minor
          Priority: Other
         Component: Core tasks
        AssignedTo: dev@ant.apache.org
        ReportedBy: tim@peierls.net


The Apt task currently inherits the default value of false for the fork
attribute from Javac. On my Windows box (and, I expect, on any platform/OS),
this means that two distinct class loaders end up loading
AnnotationProcessorFactory, one via org.apache.tools.ant.launch.Launcher.run and
one via com.sun.tools.apt.comp.Apt.main. 

Because of this, if tools.jar is not on the factorypath/classpath/bootclasspath,
Apt throws a NoClassDefFoundError for AnnotationProcessorFactory even though an
AnnotationProcessorFactory class was loaded by Launcher). 

OTOH, if tools.jar _is_ on the factorypath/classpath/bootclasspath, a class
implementing AnnotationProcessorFactory will produce the message "Specified
factory, 'xxx', is not an AnnotationProcessorFactory", because the implementing
class is loaded by the apt class loader and the AnnotationProcessorFactory class
it gets cast to was loaded by another class loader, so the cast fails. 

The point is that it can be very difficult to get the Apt task to work with
fork="false". There would be a lot less head-scratching if fork just defaulted
to true or there were some mention in the docs about using fork="true" if you
have trouble with fork="false".

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