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From Paul Merlin <>
Subject Re: [jira] [Commented] (RAT-163) Gradle Rat plugin
Date Mon, 28 Sep 2015 13:48:30 GMT
Hi all,

@Jochen: yes I can produce a patch to remove the gradle plugin from the
creadur-rat repository, but IRRC it has been added as a single commit so
it should be easy to remove/revert.

The gradle plugin build fails with JDK<=6 because one of the dependency
used to test the plugin has been built using JDK7.
Look for "nebula/test/PluginProjectSpec : Unsupported major.minor
version 51.0" in the build output.

Since I wrote theses tests, Gradle added support code for plugin
testing. It should be possible to rewrite theses tests using the new
testing support thus getting rid of the offending dependency.



sebb a écrit :
> On 27 September 2015 at 19:03, P. Ottlinger <> wrote:
>> Hi fellow devs,
>> maybe I'm still misunderstanding the problem, but shouldn't we thank
>> contributors instead of blaming them for our poor architecture and our
>> ancient usage of JDKs?!
> In what way is the architecture poor?
> The minimum JDK supported by RAT should not prevent RAT from being
> used with later JDKs.
>> Am 27.09.2015 um 16:51 schrieb Jochen Wiedmann (JIRA):
>>>     [
>>> Jochen Wiedmann commented on RAT-163:
>>> -------------------------------------
>>> [~eskatos]
>>> Would you be able to provide a patch, that removes the Gradle plugin out of the
"apache-rat-project", and into a separate subproject of Creadur? I think that would make more
sense in the medium term. Right now, the Gradle plugin is an obstacle for the development
of the Rat core, because we don't really control it.
>> There are projects that want to use RAT+gradle ... since gradle is not
>> as ancient it works with JDK7 only ....
>> Why should we separate the gradle-plugin as a result?
>> ANT, CLI and maven are not separated as well.
> These have a lower minimum JDK requirement.
> However I wonder why we bundle the Ant plugin build in with Maven.
> Ant and Maven are independent build systems.
> An Ant-only shop is forced to use Maven to build RAT.
> We should probably split the project into a standalone core (CLI) and
> then have plugins for the various build systems.
> There will be another flavour of the month after Gradle, and trying to
> cram them all into one build seems wrong.
>> I'm in favour of upgrading RAT as a whole instead of telling people to
>> make new projects .... we are the maintainers of RAT and we want people
>> to use it; thus we should make it easy for all the coming incubating
>> projects to work with RAT instead of choosing one of the many working
>> alternatives outside of the ASF world.
>> If I'm still with JDK5 I wouldn't mind not being able to upgrade RAT or
>> to use it with gradle - JDK9 is coming .....
> Not sure I follow that last para.
>> Just my 2ct
>> Phil

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