OT: [Gllug] Debian or Slack

Tethys tet at createservices.com
Mon Feb 23 22:29:44 UTC 2004

"Daniel P. Berrange" writes:

>I assume in this case you are referring to the requirement for an SDK
>to compile JSP pages. This has always rather annoyed me too - in the past
>I've considered writing some rules for ANT[1] to compile all the JSP
>pages during the build process & create web.xml mappings for them all.

Yep, that's the one. We're actually just about to start shipping
precomiled builds to try and fix this problem. We'll see how it turns

>[1] Along with most things in Java, ANT sucks in ooh so many ways.

Perhaps. I took an instant dislike to it because of its abuse of XML
(which has no business being let near any hand edited config files).
But it does at least handle Java's compilation quirks -- for reasons
best known to Sun, Java breaks the 1:1 mapping between source and
object files[1] that has existed since the dawn of time. Make relies
on this, and so while it's possible to shoehorn a java compile through
a makefile, it's not pleasant.


[1] I keep meaning to check the spec to see if this is defined behaviour
    or just a "feature" of Sun's (and others') implementation. I don't
    have the time or inclination to fix it even if it's not mandated by
    the spec, but I'd be interested to know...
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