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Installing Ant 1.5.1


Operating system used
Windows XP Home Edition Version 5.1 SP 2

Software prerequisites
Java 2 Standard Edition (J2SE) SDK, version 1.1 or higher.

  1. Download and unzip
  2. Set the ANT_HOME environment variable to the directory where you installed Ant.
    e.g.: ANT_HOME=C:\Tools\jakarta-ant-1.5.1
    Optionally, set the JAVA_HOME environment variable. This should be set to the directory where your JDK is installed.
    e.g.: JAVA_HOME=C:\Tools\java\j2sdk1.4.0_03
  3. Add the bin directory to your path.
    e.g.: PATH=%PATH%;%ANT_HOME%\bin
  4. The classpath for Ant must contain ant.jar
    e.g.: CLASSPATH=%CLASSPATH%;%ANT_HOME%\lib\ant.jar

  5. To check if Ant is installed correctly, type: ant -version
    You should see:
    Ant version 1.5.1 compiled on October 2 2002