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From "Xavier Hanin" <>
Subject Re: Calling ivy from a java class/method
Date Tue, 03 Jul 2007 07:38:52 GMT
On 7/3/07, Michael Habbert <> wrote:
> Hi ivy users,
> A few days ago I get in contact with ivy (using bevor only ant and maven).
> Quite fascinated about it a question did came up to my mind.
> What is the best way to call ivy from a java program?
> I do know calling: Runtime.getRuntime().exec(comand) will be a way, but
> don't looks like the best way to me.
> Thanks in advance for any help or hints.

It depends on what you want to do and how you want your program to evolve.
Using Runtime.getRuntime().exec(comand) has the drawback to require to set a
classpath independently for Ivy. OTOH, Ivy then runs in another JVM and
can't make your calling JVM crash (I don't say that Ivy crashes, but you may
have issues with memory consumption if your calling VM is too limited).

Another approach is to embed Ivy and call the Main.main(args) method. It's
roughly equivalent to Runtime.getRuntime().exec(comand) except that it runs
in the same vm.

Then you can also call Ivy API (the Ivy class is the main entry point),
which is much more flexible than the other options, but this is not a stable
API, and you will certainly have to adapt your code when you upgrade your
Ivy version.



Mit freundlichen Grüßen
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> Michael Habbert

Xavier Hanin - Independent Java Consultant
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