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From "Chappell, Simon P" <>
Subject RE: Ant Featured in Out-of-the-Box
Date Wed, 20 Nov 2002 22:48:01 GMT
Exactly. I really don't want ant to be the installer, but I do want it to help in the install

Setting persistent environment variables on windows boxen would be very useful for me.


>-----Original Message-----
>From: Bill Burton []
>Sent: Wednesday, November 20, 2002 2:05 PM
>To: Ant Users List
>Subject: Re: Ant Featured in Out-of-the-Box
>Chappell, Simon P wrote:
>> Now how excellent can you get!? :-)
>> I have been considering using ant for some installs, but had 
>wondered if it would really be suitable, now I'll look again 
>at the matter.
>> Question (which may be answered on your site, but I haven't 
>read it all yet) how do you manage to ensure that you have a 
>JRE/SDK available for ant when running from a CD-ROM and how 
>do you set Windows environment variables so that they will 
>persist across sessions?
>That's why Ant on it's own may not be a suitable tool 
>depending on your 
>requirements.  However, I used Ant in a project that used a commercial 
>installer for the GUI and JVM avalibility, etc. and then at 
>the end, it 
>handed off to Ant to configure or update the installation in 
>various ways:
>* Upgrade an older product to a new one.
>* Update .properties files.
>* Fix newlines on text files.
>* Fix permissions on files.
>* Initialize a database schema and data.
>Using Ant for those tasks really made the project much easier to work 
>with and more maintainable.
>> Simon
>> -----------------------------------------------------------------
>> Simon P. Chappell           
>> Java Programming Specialist            
>> Lands' End, Inc.                                   (608) 935-4526
>>>-----Original Message-----
>>>From: Eric Weidner []
>>>Sent: Tuesday, November 19, 2002 6:43 PM
>>>Subject: Ant Featured in Out-of-the-Box
>>>FYI, Ant is featured in Out-of-the-Box 1.0, a distribution of Open
>>>Source projects.
>>>We wrote over 23,000 lines of Ant scripts to automatically install,
>>>configure, and integrate over 50 Open Source projects, 
>>>including most of
>>>the Jakarta projects, on both Linux and Windows and we'd just like to
>>>say that Ant rocks!
>>>Free Community Edition for Linux documentation containing detailed
>>>step-by-step installation and configuration instructions for 
>>>most of the
>>>Open Source projects we integrated can be found here: 
>>>Everything you see in the documentation, and much more, is automated
>>>using Ant with a little BSF/BeanShell in the few places 
>where we needed
>>>full Java power.  Quite simply, this project would not have been
>>>possible without Ant.
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