On Wed, 05 Jan 2005 17:04:17 +0100, Nicola Ken Barozzi
> I kinda disagree. Eclipse 'forces' you to enter the http of the
> repository from which you can get a plugin, and AFAIK it has not become
> (yet?) unwieldy.

Plugins are not the same as dependencies. Each user selects a plugin
typically *once* as part of a manual configuation of the tool.
Dependencies are selected (and considered for download) *every* time
an automated build is run.  Further, in an open-source world the
builds are frequently run by people who are not and have no access to
those who defined the builds. Downloading really needs to be easy and

> You see, directing users to repositories with diversely licensed jars,
> is not something that is particularly nice, as you put yourself in a
> position of being liable.

How so?

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