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From "Conor MacNeill" <>
Subject RE: Building optional.jar from Latest Ant Sources
Date Mon, 30 Oct 2000 22:24:47 GMT

You will find that many of the tasks in the optional tree are actually
included in the binary download. These are tasks which do not have a
direct dependency on outside thrid party classes. EJBJar, for example,
will be there because it invokes the EJB deployment tools through a Java
task. Alternatively some optional tasks just require a 1.2 or later VM.

If you downloaded the source version, then building it will be
sufficient to include the optional tasks, which can be built (according
to the contents of your classpath), in your ant. jar.

However, I think we should change the current build so that ant builds
two jars: ant.jar and optional.jar. I guess we haven't done this to date
because we are expecting to change the whole way that tasks are packaged


> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> []On Behalf Of Holger Rauch
> Sent: Tuesday, 31 October 2000 6:53
> To:
> Subject: Building optional.jar from Latest Ant Sources
> Hi!
> I've downloaded the latest version of ant (nightly build
> 10-30-2000), and
> I'm wondering how I can compile the tasks below
> taskdefs/optional in a way
> that I get an "optional.jar" file that I can place in ant's
> "lib" directory in order to make these tasks available to
> ant. I know that
> an "optional.jar" file is shipped with the other ant distros too, so
> there probably is a way of creating one.
> Thanks for any hints!
> Greetings,
> 	Holger

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