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From "EJ Ciramella" <>
Subject RE: Maven vs. Ant?
Date Tue, 13 Jun 2006 13:50:52 GMT
Any project that considers longevity or offline rebuilding must think 
about how to archive all their dependencies. What if the repositories go

away? What if a lawsuit forces some jar to be pulled.

You may also need a private repository to store stuff that isnt in open 
source, or just not in the public repositories. This is no different 
from putting the JARs in a lib/ dir, except you have to make up stub 
poms that declare some or zero dependencies.

>>A private repository being an "internal remote" repository on a
machine that gets backed up nightly.
>>Where's the harm in that?
Being able to switch versions just by changing property files is nice...
>>OMG - yes - I do miss this.  

I worry about its stability, though things are improving. The ant tasks 
can be a bit up and down from version to version, which implies they 
dont get tested enough.
>> no kidding - this is the biggest shortcoming of m2 from my
standpoint.  M2 is about 1 - 1.5 years away from being really useful
(and recently I've been forced into this world because....

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