I'd definitely download a compiled version but the developer is hosting the
builds in Amazon S3 and you need to receive a token via e-mail in order to
download the files, which is awful in my opinion.

The other option is to compile my own builds and host them somewhere in the

Kind regards,

Xavier Garcia

2017-04-19 22:29 GMT+02:00 Dmytro Bilokha <dmy...@posteo.net>:

> On 19.04.2017 19:27, Xavi Garcia wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> We are writing a port for a Java software that downloads a large number of
>> jar files (around 200) with Gradle (https://gradle.org/), that is similar
>> to other package managers like Pip or Ruby Gems but for Java projects.
>> What would be the best practice in this scenario? I am aware that we can
>> only download files in the fetch phase but I am not sure if my solution is
>> clean enough.
>> We will be deploying this port in our servers via Portshaker and Poudriere
>> but we would also like to commit it to the ports tree.
>> In short, I am using the 'pre-fetch' phase together with FETCH_DEPENDS  to
>> drop the Gradle wrapper in ${DISTDIR}/${PORTNAME} and then I use the
>> 'dependencies' task to download all the dependencies.
>> The 'do-build' stage will run again the Gradle wrapper to build the
>> software, but using the offline mode.
>> You can find attached the Makefile.
>> Kind regards,
>> Xavier Garcia
> Hi!
> If you need examples of the "best practice",
> probably, you can take a look at already exsisting
> ports of Java software.
> For example, I've checked the Glassfish port and
> it was made with different approach:
> 1. During fetch phase distribution zip-file with
> already compiled Java classes is downloaded.
> 2. Then it is unzipped to some directory, like
> /usr/local/glassfish.
> 3. Some scripts put, package registered, etc.
> So here there is no building of Java app from sources,
> mostly fetching already built, some tweaking and putting
> to the right place.
> I saw similar procedure for some another ports
> of Java software.
> I am not sure, but it seems because of such reasons:
> 1. With Java you won't gain a lot with building application
> from sources. If OS has JVM you can just run already
> compiled -- it should work.
> 2. For port its better to have as least dependencies,
> as possible. So, making your port dependent on
> Gradle (which fast evolving itself) and/or another
> Java build tooling can make port fragile and not
> very stable.
> 3. Building the big Java project from sources could be
> time and traffic consuming task. Usualy users
> don't like this.
> ---
> Best regards,
> Dmytro Bilokha
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