Appendix A. Installation

If there is one area where Ant could be improved, it’s in the area of installation. It still has a fairly manual installation process, and a few things can go wrong. Here’s a summary of how to install Ant, and also a troubleshooting guide in case something goes awry.

Before you begin

Before installing Ant, check that a Java SE Software Development Kit, otherwise known as JDK, is installed on the target system. Type javac at a command prompt; if a usage message doesn’t appear, then either a JDK needs to be installed or the PATH environment variable path isn’t set up correctly. Sun distributes their versions under http://java.sun.com/javase/—you need to download the appropriate JDK for your system.

On Windows, install ...

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