I've been keeping a small Antlib for GWT and a DLL with NAnt and MSBuild tasks to run Ant in a local darcs repository. Now I've decided to not maintain them here anymore but rather move them to github, so they now are at https://github.com/bodewig/gwttasks and https://github.com/bodewig/Ant4NantAndMSBuild respectively.

For the migration of my - trivial - darcs repos I used https://github.com/purcell/darcs-to-git and it worked like a charm.

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A few days after Apache Commons Compress 1.3 has been released the Compress Antlib has seen a new release as well. This gives Ant support for Zip64 extensions, the Unix dump format (read-only) and the Pack200 format.

Prior to this release Pack200 support has already been available via a a task at java.net but the Compress Antlib also adds a pack200resource as well as a pack200normalize task that can be used to "normalize" a JAR so that it can be signed, packed and unpacked with the signature remaining valid.

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The last log4net release already stopped supporting Compact Framework 1.x and the Shared Source CLI as part of the binary distributions - but versions for them are still buildable from source. In order to figure out what platforms we will need to support in future releases the team is asking log4net's users to participate in a small survey.

Rather than repeating Roy's whole mail, here is the original announcement.

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As the release manager of this baby I'm happy it is done, the final steps took longer than I anticipated. As a user of log4net I'd say it was about time. Almost exactly five and a half years after the 1.2.10 release Apache log4net has a new release with lots of bug fixes a few new features - and support for .NET 4.0 as well as the Client Profiles of 3.5 and 4.0.

See the release notes for all the details, download 1.2.11 (remember to unblock the ZIP), tell us if anything doesn't work and join the community.

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I spent large chunks of July and August working on Zip64 support for the ZIP package of Commons Compress and think it is in a state where we can have more people test it. It needs some interop tests against PKZip (dont have access to it myself) and I may need to document the known interop problems with OpenJDK7, but that's it.

As a side effect of the Zip64 stuff (which enables Compress to deal with archives and entries > 4GB or with more than 64K entries) Commons Compress 1.3 will require Java5 as I thought we'd need Deflater#getBytesRead but it turned out this method does not return the actual number of bytes read but the number modulo 2^32 (it seems to be an unsigned int that's wrapping around) - at least for Java5 and 6, OpenJDK7 seems to be OK.

Given that Java5 was not strictly necessary I may even think about backporting the stuff to Ant's zip package.

Then Compress' trunk contains read-only support for the Unix dump format due to Bear Giles and support for Pack200 compression. It may even get support for XZ compression based on XZ for Java due to Lasse Collin - if we can find an easy way to integrate it.

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