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From Mark Claassen <>
Subject RE: Pack200
Date Tue, 19 Dec 2006 18:24:46 GMT
Well, I don't think it will be too difficult, and there certainly are a lot
of core ant tasks I can pull information from.  So, if I get bored sometime,
maybe I will give it a whirl.  I could still use it, even if no one else
does. :)

Thanks for the advice.

-----Original Message-----
From: Steve Loughran [] 
Sent: Tuesday, December 19, 2006 10:31 AM
To: Ant Developers List
Subject: Re: Pack200

Mark Claassen wrote:
> 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.

well,lets just say I wouldnt expect a christmas card from it.

> ---
> 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?

no, its more 'we dont know what is happening there well enough to take a

If they do pack200 exe with 100% compatibility with sun-pack200, life is

If they do something low level, we are in the multiple-facade-pattern which
we do for javac and the like and which is unduly complex. the other risk is
that sun pull pack200 in java6 or later. Assuming that they keep everything
stable there, we can do a task, but we cannot use any of the code from the . Instead we need

-good dependency logic
-error messages for end users
-some tests.

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