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From Geoff Clitheroe <>
Subject Re: Managing external tool with ivy
Date Tue, 11 Jan 2011 07:15:34 GMT
Hi Pat,

is it an option to use the ant 'get' task?  This can use time stamping (for
http) to reduce downloads

<> This is how we boot strap Ivy
itself.  We use an ant property for the Ivy version.


On Tue, Jan 11, 2011 at 7:09 PM, Leamon, Pat <>wrote:

> Hi,
>  I'm trying to manage versions of a tool used as part of the build
> process, not a dependency of the app itself.  I've packaged it into a
> zip and put it into our local repository.  This zip is then resolved by
> ivy and the appropriate version is downloaded, then the build itself
> unpacks the zip ready for the tool to be used.
> At the moment I'm doing an ant <condition/><filesmatch></condition>
> check if the tool zip has changed since the last build (I keep a copy
> when I unpack it separately).  This saves me unpacking it every build,
> but since the tool zip is large I still get a 5-10 second penalty for
> the binary file comparison.
> Is there any way I can get feedback from ivy to say if the dependency
> has changed?
> Thanks,
>  Pat
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