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From Stefano Bagnara <apa...@bago.org>
Subject Re: [jira] Commented: (JAMES-506) Remove ant from the repository
Date Mon, 22 May 2006 12:36:28 GMT
Bernd Fondermann wrote:
> I am with you regarding jdk, ant, maven.
> But JUnit is a not a build tool like ant + maven, it is a bunch of java 
> classes our code directly dependents on (is linked to) through 
> import-statements. this is true for all other libraries in lib and 
> tools/lib. (do you want them be removed, too?) JDK classes are also 
> linked by import statements, but the junit.jar is a little bit more 
> lightweight ;-)
> We should not impose additional hurdles for users by requiring them to 
> download stuff before the tests can be run.
> Remember, the same applied to activation.jar and mail.jar. They had to 
> be downloaded, extracted and placed by hand. They are now present in the 
> repository and this is a great relief, I think.
>   Bernd

The problem is that junit, in the "ant build" aspect, is not a 
dependency of James but a dependency of the ant-junit task.

If you can find a simple solution for that I would be happy to include 
it: I pasted the "<get>" code, and as I said there is a classpath issue.

Maven2 is a step beyond in that because it automatically downloads 
"taskdefs" (maven plugins) and their dependencies.

Maven2 will also create a build.xml that automcatically downloads the 
dependencies using the get task, but it will skip junit.jar because of 
the limitation I already described.

PS: We still don't include activation and mail jars in our repository.


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