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From Matt Benson <>
Subject Re: Installing Ant is non-standard and stupid
Date Tue, 24 Jul 2007 21:07:58 GMT

--- evilfred <> wrote:

> This is a rant.

I thought rant was a Ruby tool... but seriously:

> Why does Ant (at least the source distro) not
> install like *every other sane
> source distro on earth*, with "configure / make /
> make install". This is
> what users expect and enter by default. I'd rather
> not mess around having to
> read proprietary installation info (or in my case,
> guessing which script to
> run because there is no info on the website).

Wouldn't it be a little strange for Ant to install
using make, the very facility (among others) it was
created to replace?  :)  Ant is not really intended to
be installed from source, except by Java developers
who intend to hack on it, which demographic hopefully
doesn't mind either (a) poking around to figure out
what to do, or (b) asking on the developer list.  In
contrast, I feel that Ant's binary installation
couldn't be simpler.



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