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From Stefan Bodewig <>
Subject Re: Top Level Project ANT
Date Tue, 10 Jan 2006 05:02:11 GMT
On Mon, 9 Jan 2006, <> wrote:

> i write some lines about ANT for a homework ... and i read that ANT
> (unlike to Maven) is a TOP LEVEL Project.

Wherever you read that, the "unlike to Maven" part is wrong.  Maven is
a Top Level Project as well.

> But i cant see (read) the difference between a Top Level Project and
> a "normal" Project inside the Apache Software Foundation.

The opposite of a Top Level Project is a subproject, not a "normal"
project.  You can identify TLPs by looking at the domain name, TLPs
have their own virtual host ( instead of

Most of the Java projects at the ASF started out as subprojects of
Jakarta (like Ant and with an even more complex structure Maven) or
the XML project and over time were promoted to Top Level Projects.

The main difference is a legal one, the question which PMC is
responsible for the legal oversight over the project.


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