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From Mitch Gitman <>
Subject Re: classpath issues: trying to consume Ivy API in an Ant task
Date Thu, 22 Jan 2009 16:12:06 GMT
Actually, let me try restating this query as a simpler question. Has anyone
tried writing their own Ant task that consumes the Ivy API? If so, what
decisions did you make as to the classpath location of the Ivy JAR and your
task's JAR so that it would work? Thanks.

On Wed, Jan 21, 2009 at 9:51 PM, Mitch Gitman <> wrote:

> I have a very, very simple Ant task that consumes the Ivy API. That is, in
> the Java code for my Ant task, I'm using Ivy classes. One class I had been
> trying to use was IvyAntSettings. Well, look what happened when I tried to
> cast a reference I found in the Ant project to an actual IvyAntSettings
> object. It's the telltale sign of ClassLoader issues: you can't cast a class
> to itself:
> java.lang.ClassCastException: org.apache.ivy.ant.IvyAntSettings cannot be
> cast to org.apache.ivy.ant.IvyAntSettings
>         at org.myorg.ivy.IvyConsumerTask.execute(
> It just so happened I realized I didn't need an IvyAntSettings instance,
> but when I got rid of the IvyAntSettings cast, that just uncovered another
> variation on the same ClassLoader problem:
> C:\...\build.xml:23: ivy.instance has been defined in a different
> classloader.  Please use the same loader when defining your task, or
> redeclare your ivy:settings in this classloader
>         at org.apache.ivy.ant.IvyTask.getIvyInstance(
>         at org.apache.ivy.ant.IvyTask.prepareTask(
> Now, I can tell you what makes this problem go away, although it's a
> measure I would just as soon NOT resort to. Put ivy.jar and the JAR for my
> Ant task in one of Ant's primordial classloading directories:
>    - ANT_HOME/lib
>    - USER_HOME/.ant/lib
> Here's a minimal Ant target where I'm able to reproduce my problem. In this
> target, the Ivy JAR and my tasks JAR are in the directory templib:
>   <target name="try-this">
>     <property name="ivy.settings.url" value="
> http://localhost/ivy/myorg/ivysettings.xml" />
>     <property name="ivy.file" location="ivy.xml" />
>     <path id="temp.myorg.tasks.classpath">
>       <fileset dir="templib" includes="*.jar" />
>     </path>
>     <taskdef uri="antlib:org.apache.ivy.ant"
>         resource="org/apache/ivy/ant/antlib.xml"
> classpathref="temp.myorg.tasks.classpath" />
>     <ivy:settings id="ivy.instance" url="${ivy.settings.url}" />
>     <taskdef uri="antlib:org.myorg.tasks"
>         resource="org/myorg/tasks/"
> classpathref="temp.myorg.tasks.classpath" />
>     <mynamespace:ivyconsumer
>       conf="default"
>       classpathid="some.classpath" />
>   </target>
> I suppose I could define the Ivy settings programmatically within my Ant
> task, but I shudder at the implications of that. I'm afraid that, suddenly,
> all use of Ivy has to go indirectly through my own Ant task, or additional
> tasks. My question is, is there any way, short of the extreme measures I've
> already described, to get my custom Ant task to use the same classloader as
> was used by?:
>     <ivy:settings id="ivy.instance" url="${ivy.settings.url}" />

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