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From Robbie Gemmell <robbie.gemm...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [JAVA] build breakage with older ant/java
Date Thu, 18 Aug 2011 15:09:08 GMT
The rationale for the change was to add an extension point to the
build system to enable client modules, such as transports and
authentication/authorisation add-ons. The easiest way of doing this
was the property used which has happened to involve requiring a 3 year
old version of Ant.

Should it be a policy to support things that are over 6 years old at
this point? RHEL4? I've been seeing RHEL5 based builds getting broken
with increasing regularity recently...


On 18 August 2011 14:07, Gordon Sim <gsim@redhat.com> wrote:
> On 08/17/2011 08:21 PM, Robbie Gemmell wrote:
>> You say you cant update, but is that really the case? All that is
>> required to update Ant would be to unpack the ~6+ MB binary (e.g.
>> from http://www.apache.org/dist/ant/binaries/ ) and add the bin
>> directory to your path, job done.
> In more controlled build environments this is not always so simple.
>> The alternative would be to rework the additions to support 1.6.5,
>> but at over 6 years old I think its time we gave up on that and take
>> advantage of the bug fixes and newer features in later releases
>> (theres a few I've spotted in 1.8.X that I look forward to using at
>> some point down the line, once its suitably aged).
> Looking at the change in question,
> http://svn.apache.org/viewvc?view=revision&revision=1149163, would I be
> right in saying the use of the newer attribute is to make the existence of
> the client-plugins dir optional?
> A bit of context on the thinking there would be useful in considering what
> the options would be for those stuck on earlier versions.
> --Gordon
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