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From "Knuplesch, Juergen" <>
Subject AW: Upgrade from 1.6.5 to 1.7.1
Date Fri, 21 Nov 2008 07:02:09 GMT

I upgraded from 1.6.5 to 1.7.1 a few weeks ago. Everything is working fine.

I use antcontrib and ant4eclipse a lot. No problems so far.

I had to upgrade because zipfileset is supported for the junit-task in 1.7.1 but not in 1.6.5
I had to run tests out of a jar-file.

Hope this helps a bit.


J├╝rgen Knuplesch      
-----Urspr├╝ngliche Nachricht-----
Von: Gilbert Rebhan [] 
Gesendet: Donnerstag, 20. November 2008 21:17
An: Ant Users List
Betreff: Upgrade from 1.6.5 to 1.7.1


i want to upgrade from ant 1.6.5 to 1.7.1

Some questions, hope for some answers/tips due to your practical experience.

Given is a workflow, with a bunch of selfwritten tasks, macrodefs/scriptdefs (mostly ruby),running
on windows 2000/ 2003/XP and AIX, with sun jdk 1.5.0_11

1. Are there any gotchas i have to be aware of, means are their
   any standard tasks/types that behave different from 1.6.5, maybe
   only in special circumstances ?
2. Is Ant 1.7.1 fully downwardly compatible, means just switching the
   ant version without changing my scripts doesn't break the workflow ?
   Maybe it's only about using newer versions of bsf.jar ... etc. ?
3. What are the most significant new features one should get used to ?
4. Which new features should be used where possible because of
   significant performance boost ?
5. Any of the common Ant addons, like f.e. antcontrib, antelope,
   antxtras that do not work with ant 1.7.1 ?

!! and finally !!
i need arguments to convince my boss to upgrade a "hey boss, it's almost christmas ..."
won't be enough ;-)))

Thanks for any hints and tips.

Regards, Gilbert

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