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From Archie Cobbs <>
Subject Re: Embedding Ivy to manage repositories.
Date Mon, 26 Jan 2009 21:26:28 GMT
My $0.02...

I would start by using the ant API to ivy first. Last time I checked, the
ivy code was somewhat murky and very poorly documented (javadoc is almost

You can have your code spit out temporary build.xml files, then invoke ant
programatically (which is easy), and then grab whatever files were produced
by the ant task.

Then later, as an optimization, you could figure out how to convert the ant
tasks into direct API calls.


On Mon, Jan 26, 2009 at 2:45 PM, Samuel Cox <> wrote:

> Hi,
> I'm working on software that will need to run on the nodes of a network.  A
> node's software will need to access various repositories containing build
> artifacts.  An artifact might have a dependency on another artifact.  The
> nodes will need things like list the available artifacts in the repo, list
> dependencies, etc.
> I have looked at embedding Maven, but it is rather large.  Ivy is the next
> up.  Do you think I would be able to achieve something like this by
> embedding Ivy?  How stable is the API?  Would I need to do things via ant
> tasks?
> Any tips or thoughts are appreciated.
> --
> Samuel Cox

Archie L. Cobbs

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