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From "William E. Kempf" <>
Subject Re: ant-otional.jar on Linux
Date Wed, 18 Sep 2002 13:41:50 GMT
From: "Stefan Bodewig" <>
> On Tue, 17 Sep 2002, William E. Kempf <>
> wrote:
> > I installed ant 1.4.1 (I can't switch to 1.5 for compatibility
> > reasons)
> which are?  1.5 should be backwards compatible.

Issues with other tools... specifically WSAD.

> > via the RPM distribution.  There's little documentation about this
> > form of distribution installation, unfortunately.
> The main reason for this is that the RPMs are contributed distribution
> forms that don't have direct support by the Ant developers.  I'm not
> aware of any Ant committer who'd use the RPMs.

Then why supply them on the Ant web site?  Don't get me wrong... I
understand that there's reasons why developers would prefer not to use
binary package installations... and in general I'd agree.  But on a
production server the admins feel better using an RPM which allows a uniform
method of installing, uninstalling and tracking versions.

> > Specifically, there's no indication of how you set ANT_HOME or any
> > other required environment variables.
> AFAIK it wouldn't work as expected anyway.
> > When I run ant to build my project with a script that works on
> > Windows, I get the infamous "Could not create task of type: junit"
> > with the helpful advice to add optional.jar to the ANT_HOME
> > directory.
> <>
> Make sure you are using the latest 1.4.1 RPM.

I was.  The issue was that JUnit wasn't in the classpath.  Stupid mistake on
my part.

Bill Kempf

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