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From "Steve Loughran" <>
Subject Re: Ant Featured in Out-of-the-Box
Date Thu, 21 Nov 2002 17:35:58 GMT

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From: "Eric Weidner" <>
To: "Ant Users List" <>
Sent: Wednesday, November 20, 2002 5:05 PM
Subject: Re: Ant Featured in Out-of-the-Box

> On Windows, we use InstallShield to initially drive the installation,
> call out to other Windows installers (e.g., JDK, Apache, MySQL, WinCVS,
> etc.), update the registry as needed, and finally kick off our master
> Ant script to do the bulk of the installation (e.g.,
> extracting/decrypting/copying/moving files, regex replacements, CRLF
> fixes, calling other Ant-based installs, running JUnit/HttpUnit,
> processing XML docs with XSLT, creating/updating properties files,
> creating and populating databases, building and deploying J2EE apps,
> etc.).  There are actually one or two places that we have Ant call Java
> code to create/update some Windows environment variables via JNI, but
> it's fairly simple and well-contained.
> On Linux, we use Ant to do it all because there's no need for registry
> manipulation.  We have Ant ask the user for input up front (e.g., where
> to install, DNS setup, user ID/password, etc.) then do all the rest
> without further user interaction.

so what you are saying is we need a <regedit> task for java, which creates a
regedit file and then execs regedit. An interesting thought...

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