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From "Nico Seessle" <>
Subject Re: Experiences with Ant.
Date Wed, 18 Oct 2000 19:54:49 GMT
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From: "Joseph R. Kiniry" <>
To: <>
Cc: <>
Sent: Wednesday, October 18, 2000 8:31 PM
Subject: Experiences with Ant.

> 1. The Jakarta projects at Apache use Ant, they are the ones that actually
> developed it.  I've found a few other projects that use Ant by searching
> "build.xml" in Google.  Searches on several other terms yielded no new
> The projects using Ant include TView, one of the free EJB servers
> Infozone (another XML server-side framework), and Ozone (an OS Java
> get no hits on Ant-using projects at SourceForge, though I'm sure there
> be a few.
And you would find other users (including commercial users) if you take a
look at ant-dev-list.

> 2. To run Ant one has to set ANT_HOME and JAVA_HOME environmental
> and run a bourne shell script.  No such script is provided for Windows, so
> either write your own batch file or run Ant "natively".
ant.bat is provided as well

> 3. When you are executing platform specific applications (like the exec
> or the cvs task), the property ant.home must be set to the directory
> containing a bin directory, which contains the antRun shell script
> to run execs on Unix.  No such script exists for Windows.  It is unclear
> this works on Windows.

I'm not sure for UNIX, but on Windows antRun.bat (which is available) is
only needed if you use a working directory different from the current dir
and you are using JDK < 1.3.

> 4. A few of the built-in tasks only work under UNIX, but they are
> ones.

Which one in addition to chmod (which would really not make any sense on
windows although it could, but who revokes execution-rights on Windows

> 5. The Ant Users list is fairly quiet.  I subscribed a couple of days ago
> no messages have been sent.

I'm not sure, but it seems every mail you get thru the list contains for
example "Return-Path:
<>" which seems
to inrement with every mail and would mean a total of 1609 mail since..
when? The archive at startet 07/2000.


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