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From Antoine Levy-Lambert <>
Subject Re: How to use ANT as a command shell
Date Wed, 07 Dec 2005 19:53:09 GMT
Steve Loughran wrote:

> While I agree with everything in this doc, it shows the pent-up demand
> for a decent command-line app launcher from Java, above and beyond the
> classic "java -jar somejar args" technique.
> If/when we refactor Ant's <exec>/<java> logic into a jakarta-commons
> project (the maven people, amongst others), would like this, we could
> have a special command line launcher that takes a manifest file and
> automatically runs the program. Smartfrog can do this, but it is
> focused on long-lived deployments, not command line stuff, and we
> believe that all parameters should be encoded in deployment
> descriptors, preferably under SCM. Here, for example is the descriptor
> to pull down and deploy axis1.1's TCP monitor, using the maven2
> library to allow dynamic download. Did I mention that dynamic download
> of authenticated JAR files should be a feature of the command line
> launcher ?
> -steve
Hello Steve,

would you want to make ant dependent upon a jakarta-commons library ?

or would you want to copy the code of <java/> and <exec/> elsewhere ?

Until recently the common ant wisdom was that we wanted to depend only
upon the JDK and the XML parser.



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