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From Jerome Renard <>
Subject Re: [zeta-dev] Migration from Make to Ant
Date Tue, 12 Apr 2011 05:59:31 GMT
Hi Gavin,

On Tue, Apr 12, 2011 at 12:46 AM, Gav... <> wrote:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Derick Rethans []
>> Sent: Tuesday, 12 April 2011 6:13 AM
>> To:
>> Subject: Re: [zeta-dev] Migration from Make to Ant
>> On Mon, 11 Apr 2011, Jerome Renard wrote:
>> > I started to create an Ant based version of the Makefile available in
>> > website/
>> >
>> > The problem with the Makefile is that it does not work at all on Mac
>> > Os X and is kind of hard to read.
>> I am afraid that nobody else uses Ant here, so I would oppose that.
> Have you asked every user of Zetacomponents whether or not they use
> Ant? Where are the emails and replies for that?
> This is an open source project in an open source world housed at an
> open source organisation. You cannot oppose volunteers scratching
> their own itch. If jerome wants to provide an Ant alternative I
> do not see the harm.
> If Jerome then wants to replace Make with Ant then that is another matter
> but still something that 'you' personally cannot oppose, that is a decision
> for the Podling PMC or the Incubator PMC, no one person has power here
> and the sooner folks realise this the sooner you might start attracting
> those
> new committers your board report said you needed.

Well I think I should have explained the context which lead me to translate
the Makefile to its Ant equivalent.

At the end of last week I was discussing with Tobias as couple of things about
the documentation and patches I had for it. I then realized the Makefile simply
did not work on my laptop and after spending quite some time to fix stuff here
and there with no acceptable results I thought it would be easier and faster to
use something more cross-platform than this Makefile.

The choice of Ant came naturally because:
1. it is cross-platform (well if you do not use system specific
executables of course :))
2. it is an ASF project

So using a ASF cross-platform tool looked like the right choice to me.

Jérôme Renard | |

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