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Subject DO NOT REPLY [Bug 41314] New: - Xslt task's <factory> nested element always causes ClassNotFoundException
Date Sun, 07 Jan 2007 05:35:16 GMT
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           Summary: Xslt task's <factory> nested element always causes
                    ClassNotFoundException
           Product: Ant
           Version: 1.7.0
          Platform: All
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: Core tasks
        AssignedTo: dev@ant.apache.org
        ReportedBy: trevor@vocaro.com


CONTEXT

For the Xslt task, it is sometimes necessary to specify an alternate processor, such as Saxon.
The usual 
way to do this is via the classpath attribute of the Xslt task. Simply adding the Saxon JAR
to this attribute 
allows Ant to find, load, and use the Saxon processor.

PROBLEM

If a Xalan processor happens to be listed in the CLASSPATH environment variable, this technique
does 
not work. Xalan, not Saxon, is used instead. It appears that CLASSPATH trumps Xslt's classpath
attribute. 
(Note that those who've installed Ant via the Fink package manager have Xalan in their CLASSPATH
by 
default, so this is not an uncommon situation.)

WORKAROUNDS

There are three workarounds for this problem:

1) Alter the CLASSPATH variable so that the Saxon JAR is listed before Xalan
2) Add the parameter "-lib <path-to-Saxon-JAR>" when calling Ant on the command line
3) Use the <factory> sub-element of the Xslt task to specify the Saxon factory class
explicitly, thus 
overriding Xalan.

The first two workarounds are unsatisfactory because they impose an artificial requirement
on users to 
adjust their Ant startup classpath. As for the third workaround, it does not work at all;
it always results 
in a ClassNotFoundException.

TEST CASE

The attached test case reproduces the ClassNotFoundException of workaround #3. It has been
verified 
on the 2007-01-06 nightly build. To reproduce:

1) Download the test case and extract the archive to a directory of your choice
2) Make sure your system's CLASSPATH environment variable is empty
3) Switch to that directory and run "ant". The Saxon processor will be used in the transformation,
as 
indicated by the warning "Running an XSLT 1.0 stylesheet with an XSLT 2.0 processor". This
is the 
expected behavior because the Saxon JAR is specified in the Xslt task's classpath attribute.
4) Add the provided Xalan JAR to your system's CLASSPATH environment variable. (e.g., "export

CLASSPATH=xalan-2.7.0.jar")
5) Run "ant" again. The Xalan processor is used, which is not the desired behavior.
6) Attempt to workaround this problem by uncommenting the <factory> nested element in
build.xml 
(line 12).
7) Run "ant" again. You will see an error: "java.lang.ClassNotFoundException: 
net.sf.saxon.TransformerFactoryImpl".

This is not the expected behavior because the class is contained in the provided Saxon JAR,
and this JAR 
is listed in Xslt's classpath attribute.

REFERENCES

This issue is discussed in the Ant FAQ:

http://ant.apache.org/faq.html#delegating-classloader

However, the workaround given in the FAQ requires the user to alter the Ant installation.
This is a 
burden for users and should not be necessary. In fact, it has been eliminated in Ant 1.7.0,
but only for 
the <junit> task, as described in bug #38799. The Xslt task still needs to be fixed.

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