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Xerces Java Build Instructions ------------------------------ Before building Xerces, you need the source package and tools package available from the Apache XML Project's distribution web page: http://xml.apache.org/dist/xerces-j/ Download both the Xerces-J-src.X.Y.Z.zip and Xerces-J-tools.X.Y.Z.zip files for the appropriate Xerces release (where "X.Y.Z" is the version number) and extract them in the same directory. If you are using Unix, download the equivalent .tar.gz files instead of the .zip files. You also need to have a Java Development Kit (JDK) version 1.2 (or higher) installed on your system. Before initiating any part of the build, set the JAVA_HOME environment variable to the installation directory of your JDK. The Ant program is used to build everything in Xerces, including the documentation. This tool, and the others needed (besides the pre-requisite JDK) are contained within the tools package. To make building the packages easier, a Windows batch file and a Unix shell script are included. If you only want to compile the source code and make the JAR files, run the following command on Windows: build.bat jars or from Unix (make sure that build.sh is executable): build.sh jars This will compile all of the source code and generate the JAR files that are available as part of the binary package. After building, these files will be located in the build/ directory. If you want to build everything, including the documentation, run the build batch file (or shell script) specifying the "all" target instead of "jars".