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From Peter Donald <pe...@apache.org>
Subject Jakarta-ant and its inherited runtime
Date Sat, 20 Jul 2002 06:18:42 GMT

I just made all the dependencies on jakarta-ant include the inherited runtime. 
This is to facilitate ant having dependencies in the future without ant 
"users" having such dependencies.

My question is, should the xerces project be included as a runtime library of 
ant. It is not strictly a dependency because any jaxp parser will do. In 
theory another parser could be substituted but in practice it does not seem 
to be the case.

Adding it as a runtime dependency would have the following effects. 

* Many projects depend on xerces for the sole reason of running ant. If the 
project does not actually include any xml dependencies they can instead just 
depend on ant and its runtime
* Projects that depend on ant but use a different parser (is there any of 
these?) would have tonot depend on ant and runtime but on ant individually 
and the parser individually. In effect there is no change for these projects.



Peter Donald
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