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From "Greg Roodt" <gro...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Add optional classpath support to FTP task - Bug 45860
Date Fri, 26 Sep 2008 11:49:57 GMT
Ok, Thanks for the info Stefan.

I will take a look at the JUnitTask refactor, and see if I can do
something similar for the FTPTask.



On Thu, Sep 25, 2008 at 12:35 PM, Stefan Bodewig <bodewig@apache.org> wrote:
> On Thu, 25 Sep 2008, Greg Roodt <groodt@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> I have downloaded the source and am starting to get familiar with
>> it, but before I go too far I want to know if this is
>> possible/desirable for Ant.
>
> Possible, probably, but non trivial.  The FTP class depends strongly
> on commons-net, so in order to make it work you'd:
>
> * have to split the FTP task into two classes (and probably throw in
>  an interface for good measure)
>
> * make sure the class that is loaded via Ant's classloader (the task)
>  doesn't have any direct reference to either commons-net or the new
>  class holding the FTP task's implemetation and go from there.
>
> Something similar has been done for the JUnit task in Ant 1.7.0.
> <http://svn.eu.apache.org/viewvc?view=rev&revision=381467> has been
> the initial commit, which has been refined later.
>
>> I have searched the archives and there are a few people who want the
>> ability to run the FTP task without dropping the libs in
>> ant_home/lib.
>
> It is probably easier to re-<taskdef> the tasks using a <taskdef> that
> has both ant-commons-net.jar and commons-net.jar in its classpath and
> remove ant-commons-net.jar from ANT_HOME/lib.
>
> <http://ant.apache.org/faq.html#delegating-classloader-1.6>
>
> But if you want to modify the FTP task to make things work easier, you
> are very welcome.  If you wanted to tackle the other commons-net
> related tasks at the same time, that would be even better.
>
> Stefan
>
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