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From Steve Cohen <>
Subject [VOTE] include FTP task revisions in 1.6.4 release
Date Sat, 14 May 2005 13:33:08 GMT
Shall the newly added FTP task revisions be incorporated into release 1.6.4?

I understand this comes in "under the wire" and may cause justifiable 
trepidation among some.  I still favor adding it to the release because:

1)  The tasks add some important new capabilities (in order of importance):
    a) the ability for the "newer" attribute to recognize timezone 
differences between client and server
    b) the ability to handle the "all-numeric" timestamp format that 
some unixes (Debian for example) are now shipping with.
    c) the ability to handle legacy systems that still use 
locale-specific timestamp formatting (becoming rare but still encountered).
Documentation of the new features has also been checked in.

2) Care has been taken to avoid adding new dependency requirements to 
Ant.  The new features require commons-net-1.4.0 and the task cannot be 
compiled without it, but users with an earlier version of commons-net 
can still use the task exactly as before.  Existing scripts will 
function exactly as before.
3) Just to reiterate - in spite of earlier postings the the contrary, 
including this in release 1.6.4 WOULD NOT REQUIRE USERS TO UPGRADE 
COMMONS-NET.  This has been tested against commons-net-1.2.2 (the 
previous recommended system) and all tests passed.

My vote:


List of files that would have to be tagged with the new release if this 
/org/apache/tools/ant/taskdefs/optional/net/ 1.71
/org/apache/tools/ant/taskdefs/optional/net/ (new) 1.2
/ant/docs/manual/OptionalTasks/FTP.html 1.32
/ant/docs/manual/install.html 1.83
/ant/lib/  1.3

Steve Cohen

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