If things do not work, especially simple things like ant -version, then something is wrong with your configuration. Before filing bug reports and emailing all the Apache Ant mailing lists
If you can't fix your problem, start with the Ant User Mailing List . These are other ant users who will help you learn to use ant. If they cannot fix it then someone may suggest filing a bug report, which will escalate the issue. Remember of course, that support, like all open source development tasks, is voluntary. If you haven't invested time in helping yourself by following the steps above, it is unlikely that anyone will invest the time in helping you.
Also, if you don't understand something, the Ant User Mailing List is the place to ask questions. Not the developer list, nor the individuals whose names appears in the source and documentation. If they answered all such emails, nobody would have any time to improve ant.
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