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From Benjamin Damm <>
Subject Using ivy to resolve in-build tools
Date Tue, 28 Oct 2008 19:08:52 GMT

  I'm looking for help with resolving dependencies for tools found in a build 
file but that are not dependencies for the project being built.

  My company has started a strong effort to migrating our builds to 
incorporate ivy mostly for dependency management as part of getting control 
on an otherwise unwieldy collection of build.xmls.  We've made good progress 
but many details remain.

One detail is how to resolve the dependencies of tools that are required in 
the build itself.  We have a build.xml that is included in a number of other 
projects (build-tools.xml) and some in-house tools that are invoked by 
targets in the build-tools.xml.  The jars required for these tools are not 
required by the projects being built but they are required for these targets 
to perform specific actions.

I could refer to the jars statically, as we already do, but part of this 
effort is to move away from doing that.

It seems that what we need is an ivy.xml just for these tools that is separate 
from the ivy.xml of the project that is being compiled.  Any help here?

Thank you,

Benjamin Damm
Silver Spring Networks
650-298-4200 x201

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