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From Jon Stevens <...@latchkey.com>
Subject Re: Tomcat 4.0 build process feedback
Date Sat, 02 Dec 2000 19:58:29 GMT
on 12/2/2000 4:02 AM, "Sam Ruby" <rubys@us.ibm.com> wrote:

> To borrow a phrase, "sigh, i hate handholding." -)
> 
> First, if you take a look at
> http://jakarta.apache.org/builds/jakarta-tomcat-4.0/nightly/
> you would see that regexp *IS* included in the download.

Right, but that is only if you are building from a nightly drop (at least I
couldn't quickly find the .jar in tomcat-4.0's cvs tree). Most people who
are working on the source code want to build from CVS, not nightly drops.
:-) It helps avoid conflicts during checkin.

> Furthermore, borrowing another phrase "READ THE ENTIRE EMAIL". ;-)  I
> wasn't trying to test the prepackaged download instructions.  I was trying
> to explicitly follow the instructions in the README.txt,

I read that.

> and choosing to
> build dependencies from source whenever that option was available.

That isn't mentioned in the README file. :-) It is impossible to try to make
the system catch 100% of all the different permutations that developers come
up with, so, by including the .jar in CVS, then you would give everyone a
stable known base to work from.

> Now a question for you, Jon.   Are you suggesting that as a developer
> myself, I should have to modify tomcat's build.xml if I were to wish to run
> with the latest and greatest verson of jakarta-regexp?

The right way would be to allow the developers to override the settings with
a ~/.ant.properties. That way, you don't have to edit the build.xml file.
:-)

thanks,

-jon

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