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From Gilles Sadowski <>
Subject Re: Changing revision does not update the cache
Date Tue, 12 May 2009 11:45:25 GMT

No much reaction to that post:

> Considering this excerpt of the ivy file for module "B":
>     <dependency name="A"
>                 rev="SNAPSHOT"
>                 changing="true"/>
> Module "A" is "publish"-ed to a (local "filesystem") repository.
> But when I "resolve", the cache is not updated with the latest version of
> the repository. Consequently, after a "retrieve" the classpath of "B" still
> contains an old version of "A"!
> The documentation seems to imply that all that's needed is the "changing"
> attribute, but this is not the case.
> What am I missing from the config (ivy file and/or ivy settings)?

To be more specific, the documentation says:

 Ivy supports this kind of approach with the notion of changing revision. A
 changing revision is just that: a revision for which Ivy should consider
 that the artifacts may change over time. To handle this, you can either
 specify a dependency as changing on the dependency tag, or use the
 changingPattern and changingMatcher attributes on your resolvers to indicate
 which revision or group of revisions should be considered as changing.

Since this mentions an *alternative*, I used *one* of the possibilities,
namely adding the "changing" attribute (see above).
But the cache is *not* updated, as this shows:
-rw-r--r-- 1 gilles gilles 159779 2009-05-11 15:15 /home/dummy/ivy/repository/automatic/
-rw-r--r-- 1 gilles gilles 159782 2009-05-08 17:30 /home/gilles/.ivy2/cache/

Can someone please confirm whether this is bug or expected behaviour?
As far as I'm guessing correctly, it should be obvious that, for a changing
revision, ivy should look up the repository to check whether a more recent
version exit there...
To make sure that an application will use the latest version stored in the
repository, there must be another way than to clean the cache each time I
run it!

At the end of the explanation on "changing revisions", the doc indicates:

 So if you want to use changing revisions, use the publish task to publish
 your modules, it will take care of updating the publication date, and
 everything will work fine. And remember to set checkModified=true" on your
 resolver too!

So, even as it clearly stated before that the "changing" attribute is all
that's needed, I also tried to add the "checkModified" attribute on the
resolver, but then I got the following error:

 /home/gilles/devel/SVN/java/ecl/ant/common.xml:188: impossible to configure
 ivy:settings with given file: /home/dummy/ivy/settings/ivysettings-local.xml:
 java.text.ParseException: failed to load settings from
 file:/home/dummy/ivy/settings/ivysettings-local.xml: no set method found for
 checkModified on class org.apache.ivy.plugins.resolver.FileSystemResolver

I'm lost here. The error message is rather cryptic.
It would really be useful to have a fully functional set of ivy files in the
section "Cache and Change Management"...


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