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From Donald Ball <>
Subject Re: [VOTE] Require developers to install Ant themselves.
Date Fri, 20 Jul 2001 04:45:53 GMT
On Thu, 19 Jul 2001, Sylvain Wallez wrote:

> > The problem I see is that new versions of Ant can (and have) introduced
> > various incompatibilities with prior versions.  This means that all projects
> > have to ensure that they are all using the same version of Ant and that they
> > all upgrade their build projects and make a new release at the same time
> > when a new build of Ant is available.  (Or require developers to screw with
> > switching back and forth between different Ant versions manually every time
> > they want to build a different project).

i think that lesson has been learned by the ant developers. ant
development seems to have slowed quite a bit anyway as it's blossomed into
a quite capable tool.

> Another problem is how will users rebuild their distro if Ant isn't
> included in the builds ? So it must be included. And then, it would be a
> bad thing for developpers to build the project with a different Ant
> version than the one that's included in the project.

you could make the same argument about make!

> Also, I don't think this will change the interest people have in Ant.
> How many people have a single make binary on their Linux box and how
> many of them have looked a its internals ?

i use the ant rpm.

i'm not strongly opinionated on this, but i lean towards assuming that
people have ant-1.3 or higher installed on their machines.

- donald

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