Description of problem:
Having fought with ant many times on Fedora, I've finally found out why I
couldn't get the replaceregexp task working even after installing the requisite
ant-apache-regexp rpm. The problem is that ant-nodeps is not installed by
default, and it is the jar the contains the actual taskdefs for all the optional
ant tasks. Fedora should either include this jar as a default, or at least have
all the optional task jars include it as a dependency.
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Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install Fedora 8
2. yum install ant.i386 ant-apache-regexp.i386 (or ant-apache-oro.i386)
3. Create a build script with a regexpreplace task in it.
4. Run the script to see the failure.
Error message is given saying the taskdef for regexpreplace can't be found.
The build script should run with no issue.
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In Fedora 14, this is still a problem. replaceregexp and regexpmapper are "optional" elements, but are supposed to work in any Java >= 1.4 without any dependencies except the ant core.
When a casual ant user installs ant and tries to run a build.xml that works fine on other platforms, instead they get:
Could not create type regexpmapper due to No supported regular expression matcher found: java.lang.ClassNotFoundException: org.apache.tools.ant.util.regexp.Jdk14RegexpMatcher
They know they are running a Java >= 1.4 and the ant documentation says this should just work. The fact that org.apache.tools.ant.util.regexp.Jdk14RegexpMatcher is in ant-nodeps.jar and that ant-nodeps.jar is provided by the package ant-nodeps is not something the average ant user should need to know.
This could be resolved in one of three ways:
1. Add ant-nodeps as dependency of ant.
2. Bake ant-nodeps into ant.
3. Add some form of stub to instruct the user that in order to get this optional functionality they need to install ant-nodeps.
This has been fixed in SL6, so presumably also in RHEL6:
yum install ant-apache-regexp
ant-apache-regexp x86_64 1.7.1-13.el6 sl 27 k
Installing for dependencies:
ant-nodeps x86_64 1.7.1-13.el6 sl 781 k
Is it really still WONTFIX in Fedora?