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From Bill Burton <>
Subject Re: Ant Featured in Out-of-the-Box
Date Wed, 20 Nov 2002 20:04:52 GMT

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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