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From "Andrew McIntyre (JIRA)" <derby-...@db.apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (DERBY-1526) building does not need to use ${user.home} and it should not do so
Date Tue, 18 Jul 2006 05:59:14 GMT
    [ http://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/DERBY-1526?page=comments#action_12421792 ] 
Andrew McIntyre commented on DERBY-1526:

The only information expected to be in ${user.home}/ant.properties for the Derby build is
the location of the runtime java libraries that are accessible to the current user. These
runtime classes can (and should) be static across Derby versions. i.e. the versions of Java
that you use to build any particular version of Derby should consistently build multiple versions
of Derby. There shouldn't be any information in ${user.home}/ant.properties that is specific
to a specific version of Derby.

With the current setup, I can specify the locations of the multiple versions of the runtime
classes needed to build Derby once for each machine/user where I am building in the user's
ant.properties. Then, I can build 10.0, 10.1, and 10.2 without needing to change anything
but the directory where I've checked out the source. The requirements on Mac OS X for the
content in ant.properties is somewhat different, as noted in BUILDING.txt, but once set up,
I can build Derby 10.0, 10.1, and the trunk without needing to set up a separate properties
file for each individual checkout of the source. I find this very handy.

That said, I can understand the desire not to introduce a dependency on a user-space file.
I think there is room for improvement here if we also sourced a file from ${basedir} in addition
to the user.home, in case a user wants to have these base properties sourced from a file that
is specific to a particular checkout of Derby.

As far as the affects version, there currently is not a way to track specific Subversion revisions
in JIRA. Since it looks like you are working with the trunk, we are tracking the current trunk
version as in JIRA. For the other versions, the latest released 10.1 version is
and the latest released 10.0 version is

> building does not need to use ${user.home} and it should not do so
> ------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: DERBY-1526
>                 URL: http://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/DERBY-1526
>             Project: Derby
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: Build tools
>            Reporter: Ray Kiddy
>            Priority: Minor
> I think it is problemmatic that the Derby build process makes use of, for example, ${user.home}/ant.properties.
> I would actually like to be able to build multiple versions of Derby. I also cannot see
what is gained by relying on the user's home directory in this manner. All of this information
could be put into a configuration that can be kept in the project directory. That would work
just fine.
> By the way, I am looking at the top-of-tree code. How do I refer to that in the "Affects
Version" box above? This version is 422938.
> thanx - ray

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