Mikolaj Izdebski wrote:
Users that want to reproduce Ant 1.10.2 build would need to repeat
series of builds and rely on information stored in Koji to know what
builds should be ran in what order. Trying to build packages only from
content released to users would be even more difficult.
The point is, the Ant 1.10.2 package can be used to build itself (as well as
hundreds of other Java packages, including the user's own code). It is not
essential to be able to redo the bootstrapping as long as the bootstrapped
binary that is shipped is self-hosting.
And if you want to no longer ship Ant because it is "only" a build tool,
that is going to make Fedora essentially useless for Java developers.