I got a new desktop for home the other day and I was downloading all my development tools and something strange happened. I downloaded Ant 1.7.0 and unzipped it into my Java tools directory, set my ANT_HOME variable and added all this to my PATH and typed “ant” and it couldn’t find it. Weird.
I go to the Ant bin directory and there are only 3 .cmd files in the directory. None of which are the ant.bat file. The checksum on the zip file was fine as well. I check the Ant distribution zip file size and it’s 11,288,363. I figure I’ll just do a sanity check and download it again and the new download is 11,390,509. WTF? I haven’t modified either of the zip files since downloading.
The first download came from the http://apache.mirrors.timporter.net/ mirror. I originally downloaded the file on December 21st. I just downloaded it again and now it’s the same size as the distribution I downloaded earlier tonight that works fine. I’m not sure how a build fails like that and gets mirrored…just strange I guess. At least the problem on timporter.net has already been fixed.
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