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Forge version support elimination


Thornack
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Hi everyone,

 

I have noticed a somewhat large annoyance with regards to Forge version support. Every so often, it seems that support for earlier versions of Forge gets removed, for example I tried to set up a dev environment for 1.7.10 a few days ago and could not since it appears some reference libraries have moved. In general I have also found that setting up the dev environment is a bit of a pain due to the issue of having to run the command prompt commands etc etc... Is there anyway to set up a dev environment for previous versions of forge (lets say I would like to set up a dev env for 1.5.1 or 1.7.2) how could this be achieved given that the reference libraries keep getting moved?

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All the libraries for down to 1.6.4 (which is the earliest version with ForgeGradle) are still there and the workspaces should fine. Setting up a Workspace for earlier versions you are gonna be on your own.

 

And how is "having to run in the command prompt" an issue? You had to run setup scripts to set up forge since... ever.

If you are not comfortable with using the command line... don't be a programmer.

But you do not even need to use the command line to interact with gradle. If you use Intellij IDEA you can set up forge without ever touching the command line: http://www.minecraftforge.net/forum/index.php/topic,21354.0.html

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I am comfortable using the scripts I guess to clarify that point what I meant was that the process isnt streamlined and it is annoying when the scripts change. Are you sure that the libraries still exist down to 1.6.4? I tried to set up a dev environment again and it failed cause they seem to be missing or moved. I tried if with the recommended version of forge for 1.7.2

 

I was wondering if there is a better way to do the reference libraries so that such errors do not occur?

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The process has been streamlined through the introduction of ForgeGradle. It is based on a popular and successful build system (gradle). Therefor you have immediate integration with all IDEs that support gradle (or are supported by gradle, such as eclipse).

The way libraries are referenced is through gradle which then accesses maven repositories. There is not really a better or more standard way to reference java libraries than that.

 

If you get errors, please paste the output of the buildscript and provide a list of the exact steps you took to set up your workspace.

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