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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 16:28:30 GMT
I think I have a potential workaround. Instead of using the Ivy settings
that the Ant project is aware of, construct a new IvyAntSettings object
that's essentially a copy of the existing one. IvyAntSettings is a fairly
involved class, so I'm not so sure that will work. Perhaps someone has had
experience with pulling this off.

P.S. This is a case where the error message from Ivy is actually quite
C:\...\build.xml:23: ivy.instance.for.tasks has been defined in a different
classloader.  Please use the same loader when defining your task, or
redeclare your ivy:settings in this classloader

For now, I'm following the advice, "or redeclare your ivy:settings in this

On Thu, Jan 22, 2009 at 8:12 AM, Mitch Gitman <> wrote:

> 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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