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Commons Exec is library to execute external processes from within a Java application. Doing so without using a library is a error prone task therefore many developers used the following approaches

  • using ANT internally which is overkill
  • ripping ANT apart to get the desired functionality
  • writing their home-grown library
  • using plexux-utils

Initial source

The project is based on the ANT source code being the most mature implementation


  • The project was accepted to join the sandbox in 2005 but was more or less dormant.
  • Activity picked up again 2008
  • The first release was 2009
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