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From "Mitch Gitman" <>
Subject Re: IvyDE cache location
Date Fri, 16 Jan 2009 05:42:10 GMT
If you want to give each individual developer the ability to customize the
location of their Ivy cache, one approach is to add the following line to
your global ivysettings.xml:
 <include file="${ivy.default.ivy.user.dir}/ivysettings.xml"/>

Then the user can define their own Ivy settings to their heart's content in
USER_HOME/.ivy2/ivysettings.xml. Note: if you do this, this local Ivy
settings file will be required.

Now, if your concern is doing ivy:cleancache for one project and then
cleaning out the whole cache, one way to do this is by establishing
namespaces for different projects. I don't have the details on that handy.

However, I don't quite see how clearing the Ivy cache would "crash the
building of other projects." If you do ivy:cleancache on one project or just
manually delete your USER_HOME/.ivy2/cache (or whatever you customize it
to), the only complication this should introduce is the extra wait that
comes with the re-downloading of the dependent modules on the next Ivy
resolve. So, unless I'm misunderstanding something, it kinda seems like
you're going to a lot of trouble to address a non-issue.

On Thu, Jan 15, 2009 at 9:25 PM, Yu, Aaron (IT) <>wrote:

> Hi,
> I have a problem of using Ivy and IvyDE.
> At my firm we are in the process of switching to Ivy for managing our
> java dependencies. We do not want thousands of developers to resolve
> dependencies in  different  ways so we provide a centralized , read-only
> ivy-settings.xml file  which is used by all developers. However, this
> presents us with a problem. We would like to  make it possible for our
> users to set their own cache locations, because if  they  use the same
> cache location for all projects, when  they clean the cache in one
> project, the whole cache location will be cleaned, and this  will crash
> the building of other projects.
> I know we can create a project-specific ivy-settings.xml file, and use
> 'defaultCacheDir', 'resolutionCacheDir' and 'repositoryCacheDir'
> attributes in 'caches' element to set the project-based cache location.
> But as I mentioned above, to make all the projects more manageable and
> shareable, we do not encourage developers to have the project-specific
> ivy setting file.
> To get around this we have implemented a new properties page for the
> ivyde plugin under the existing one called simply 'Cache'. This allows a
> user to choose the cache location. The choices are: Default
> ($HOME/.ivy2) and Workspace (workspace_dir/.metadata/.ivy2). We then
> reset the ivy.home System property and trigger re-resolution of all
> project ivy classpath containers when the users changes this setting
> (the change affects all projects in the workspace since ivy core reads
> the ivy.home System property to find out where it should do its
> caching). However, we are now wondering if what is really needed is a
> private cache area for each project in the workspace, for example:
> workspace_dir/.metadata/.ivy2/project_name. But this is not possible at
> the moment due to the way in which ivy core decided where to place its
> cache. (And, as we said, we do not want users to have to specify their
> own ivy-settings for each project for this reason alone.)
> Other people at our firm have also pointed out that it might be better
> if ivy core used a version specific cache location by default since
> there could be differences in cache metadata between versions. This
> would cause cache corruption if different versions of ivy core were run
> on the same system.
> All this seems to indicate that the subject of caching needs rethinking
> in ivy core and ivyde, and we would like to ask for some suggestions on
> this.
> Thanks!
> Aaron Yu
> Morgan Stanley | Technology
> 222 Yan An Road (East)
> 200002 Shanghai
> Phone: +86 21 2321-2106
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