FYI: Build system rewrite in Ant

Mario Torre neugens.limasoftware at
Wed Apr 1 10:41:50 UTC 2015

2015-04-01 11:59 GMT+02:00 Martijn Verburg <martijnverburg at>:
> I'm personally willing to provide a ANT to MAVEN conversion tool which will
> allow for a more verbose an rdable build system.  It will also ensure that
> dependencies are always downloaded at all times ensuring network pipes are
> kept clean.

Ok, I've had a discussion with the rest of my team and we are
convinced that real Free Software projects cannot live without

So in order to give people choice I'm volunteering to restore the old
system used in IcedTea version 6 as a fork of the current ant based
build tool.

While there, we noticed that Mercurial is really leading to a very
high flow of patches, too difficult to work with and follow, so we
decide to move to RCS.

We think this is the only reasonable thing to do in a fast paced
project and the increased workflow will create less and more focused
commits, leading to a higher quality of them!

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