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From Patrick Martin <>
Subject RE: Ant as a deployment tool
Date Tue, 24 Jun 2003 10:18:21 GMT

This looks very nice and promising!
Is there any way it could support Win32 platforms as well? I believe it
would have to create a binary .exe file...


>  -----Original Message-----
> From: 	"Magesh Umasankar" <>@SUNGARD  
> Sent:	lundi 16 juin 2003 19:24
> To:	Ant Users List
> Subject:	Re: Ant as a deployment tool
> In ant-dev, I have proposed a new task to address
> situations like yours (it is still experimental):
> <> 
> Using the shar task, you would create a self-extracting
> shell that would contain your application, Ant and maybe
> even a JRE.  As part of the postscript, you can specify
> various environment variables like ANT_HOME, JAVA_HOME,
> etc. and invoke ant too.
> There are several advantages to this approach (that of
> redistributing Ant as part of your install):
> 1. You don't have to worry if the deployment platform
> has the correct Ant version your build file supports.
> 2. The deployer doesn't have to have Ant installed
> as a prerequisite.
> 3. You can use the power of Ant for installation
> purposes -- tasks like <input>, <copy>, <sql>, etc.
> Try the <shar> task (you would have to taskdef it for now)
> and provide feedback on whether that floats your boat.
> Cheers,
> Magesh
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Grinvald, Edward" <>
> To: "Ant Users List" <>
> Sent: Monday, June 16, 2003 12:58 PM
> Subject: Ant as a deployment tool
> Hi all,
> It seems like ant could be used to deploy an application or a
> development environment onto a clean box, either in place of, or
> assisting an installation suite. The problem that i'm running into, is
> that certain env vars have to be set in order to run ant, like
> $ANT_HOME, etc. Has anyone tried running ant on a freshly installed os,
> and how would they get around the necessary initial config?
> tnx.
> |eg|
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