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Subject DO NOT REPLY [Bug 34138] New: - Ant should use other compilers when Sun's Javac can not be found
Date Tue, 22 Mar 2005 21:08:15 GMT
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http://issues.apache.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=34138

           Summary: Ant should use other compilers when Sun's Javac can not
                    be found
           Product: Ant
           Version: 1.7Alpha (nightly)
          Platform: Other
        OS/Version: other
            Status: NEW
          Severity: enhancement
          Priority: P2
         Component: Core tasks
        AssignedTo: dev@ant.apache.org
        ReportedBy: robilad@kaffe.org


Hi all,

Ant gives an error message out of the box when its javac task is used, no
build.compiler is set and the runtime environment doesn't have a com.sun Javac
entry point.

That leads to people using such runtime enviroments patching build.xml files,
setting build.compiler in patched Ant shell scripts, and even writing their own
com.sun Javac wrappers (java-gcj-wrapper) and setting build.compiler to a known
good value in the VM itself (me in Kaffe a few days ago to make Tomcat4's
pristine tarball work unpatched on Kaffe from CVS head. The JSPs didn't compile
because of no Javac being found by Ant).

Before I propose a solution, is there some specific way of dealing with this
that's 'blessed' by Ant developers, beside 'Run Sun!' ? ;)

Otherwise, I'd suggest a 'test for Javac and jikes and gcj and  kjc and an
external javac in java.home' before you abort' approach.

cheers, 
dalibor topic

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