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From "Carlton Brown (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (IVY-387) Absolute and relative path
Date Wed, 13 Feb 2008 14:11:09 GMT


Carlton Brown commented on IVY-387:

I think it adds too much complexity to try to keep backward compatibility.  The most common
use case of Ivy is from Ant.   The default behavior of Ant is to execute all tasks relative
to ${basedir}.   

Any existing scripts that don't do this are relying on a bug.  For the sake of transparent
maintenance, they should either be corrected to comply with Ant behavior, or if they insist
on doing it the wrong way, then declare it explicitly:  <ant dir=".">  (or whatever
directory they wish).   This is better for the maintainers of the script because all the behavior
will then be either explicitly declared or in line with Ant's implicit behavior.

> Absolute and relative path
> --------------------------
>                 Key: IVY-387
>                 URL:
>             Project: Ivy
>          Issue Type: Bug
>    Affects Versions: 1.4.1
>            Reporter: Gilles Scokart
>            Assignee: Gilles Scokart
>             Fix For: 2.0
> There are a few of issues in Jira concerning absolute and relative path.  Currently all
the path are resolved relatively to the execution.
> The different issues are :
> - includes in the ivyconf files (IVY-372)
> - properties in the ivyconf files (IVY-89)
> - include configurations in the ivy files (IVY-347) In all case, the path should be resolved
relatively to the including file, and not relatively to the current execution task.
> There is also at least an other issue concerning the path resulutiion in ant task parameter
> I think all those problems should be fixed together in order to keep ivy more consistent.
 However, there is a backward compatibility issue: some projects (for which it is required
to launch the build from the base directory) rely on the fact that ivy use path relative to
the current execution directory.  And if they reference files that are not in the base directory,
the change will break their build.
> The first project in that case is ivy itself! Try 'ant -f ivy/build.xml test' and you
will see plenty of test failing.
> Comment from Xavier on the mailing list :
> What could be done is have a single setting somewhere saying if relative paths resolution
should be done in backward compatible mode, or new mode. The default could even be new mode,
if it's clearly documented.

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