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From "Conor MacNeill" <>
Subject RE: consistent directory structure
Date Fri, 09 Feb 2001 03:46:12 GMT

This is a topic which has been actively discussed on the Ant-Dev mailing
As an example checkout this thread

There is the start of an initiative, CJAN, which may address some of this
(the jars part).

Anyway, my advice would to don your flameproof suit and post this to the
general mailing list where issues that affect the consistency between
projects may be more widely heard.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Richard Hensh []
> Sent: Friday, 9 February 2001 14:28
> To:
> Subject: consistent directory structure
> Perhaps this question belongs in another newsgroup but I pose it
> here since
> it might be of some interest.
> I've downloaded several of the packages from the Jakarta Project (and
> and have been dismayed to discover the absence of a
> consistent directory structure. For example, ECS stores some jar files in
> the top level directory and some are in the "lib" directory. The
> ORO project
> doesn't even have a "lib" directory. Xalan places all of their
> jar files in
> the "bin" directory.
> On a related issue, a routine search for ant*.jar indicated that I have 6
> copies of various versions of this file (one each for fop, ant, ecs, oro,
> xalan, and xerces). Since I have installed ant, is this really
> necessary? It
> seems like it could pose a problem?
> Is there any effort under way to standardize the directory structure? Are
> there distributions (of any of these) that avoid the overlap.
> thanks
> ricky

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