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From Ortwin Glück <>
Subject Re: [httpclient] Jars in the repository
Date Tue, 05 Apr 2005 16:13:41 GMT

James Mitchell wrote:
> There may or may not be such a document.  I'm not really interested in 
> trying to be the "binary police".  I just noticed it while adding that 
> project into my latest Eclipse development environment.

Asking questions is not a crime, fortunately. Not even in any US state 
so far :-) If you come over one, just let me know.

> I don't really understand what you are saying here.  How can someone be 
> "smart enough" to either download a source distribution or checkout the 
> project via svn, but "too dumb" or "lazy" to just download the dependent 
> jars seperately.  Sorry, that just doesn't make a lot of sense to me.

It's not about smartness. But what are you gonna do if the dependend 
file on ibilio is removed or ibiblio is having a downtime? Your stuffed 
unless you have a local copy.

> You don't need Maven to use jars on ibiblio (or any one of the other 
> repositories).  In fact, I just modified the Ant build script that 
> builds the Struts 1.2.x nightlies.  The existing build.xml requires you 
> to download and setup a that points to all the 
> dependencies.  For me, it is a waste of my time.  Ant should be smart 
> enough to do it for me.  

I don't see the point. Maven can do that already perfectly. Copying the 
knowledge about deps to the build.xml I consider a pitfal. We have all 
learned in kindergarten to have knowledge in *one* place, haven't we :-0

>> I figure the JAR names should reflect the actual version of the 
>> component, however.
> I agree.

Kind regards

Ortwin Glück

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