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From Mark Claassen <>
Subject RE: Pack200
Date Tue, 19 Dec 2006 15:20:11 GMT
PININ' for the FJORDS?!?!?!? What kind of talk is that?, look, why did he
fall flat on his back the moment I got 'im home?
...'E's kicked the bucket, 'e's shuffled off 'is mortal coil, run down the
curtain and joined the bleedin' choir invisibile!!

I always appreciate a bit a levity.
So, the Harmony project will follow the specifications of the pack200
format, but not necessarily the interface (options as so on)?  Not that you
have any control over it, but that seems like a poor decision.  I hope it is
similar enough so that people aren't forced into a decision about which to
use, Harmony or Sun's JRE.  (That's is my 2 cents.)

Anyway, to me it sounds like you are saying that ANT is currently not
interested in a pack200 task until the Harmony project has decided on its
implementation?  Is this a fair assessment of what you said?


-----Original Message-----
From: Steve Loughran [] 
Sent: Tuesday, December 19, 2006 5:03 AM
To: Ant Developers List
Subject: Re: Pack200

Mark Claassen wrote:
> Well, be that as it may, I feel that having a pack200 task would be a 
> great feature.  We distribute our code via webstart and the pack200 
> format really does do a great job compressing jar files.
> The code I got from did not quite work for me and I had to 
> modify it quite a bit.  I submitted my modifications back to the 
> project where the originals from, but then it didn't go anywhere.  In 
> fact, I can't even find the posts I sent with my modifications.  Maybe 
> this is because the project
( says its defunct.
> In any case, is there anything that I can do to get this ball rolling?  
> I don't want to step on any toes, or break any copyrights, but I 
> certainly feel that the pack200 should be a part of core ANT.
> Mark

1. I checked, yes, the project is, if not dead, pining
for the fjords.

2. Harmony is adding pack200 support too.

any apache ant task would want to work with the Harmony impl, alongside the
sun one, or we go with the harmony one only as a complete redist that may
even work on java1.4 systems. in which case the ant project itself probably
isnt the right place for it, as it is coupled more tightly to the harmony


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