we use ivy in our company and have our repository under version control which is checked out alongside our projects. our setup is designed to work when run from builds on an integration server, on developer's machines, and from under IDE plugins for IDEA and eclipse.
because the repository checkout will vary based on environment, we expect that a property called 'libraries.root' is defined and points to the individual repository location. when run from ant, this value is provided as a build property. the issue arises when ivy is run from the plugins because 'libraries.root' is never set.
to facilitate this, we use a single ivysettings.xml file which does the following:
to load a properties file for the user where 'libraries.root' is defined.
the problem is that there are cases, such as when run under the integration server, where the user will not have a properties file. in this case, the configuration blows up. i propose adding a 'required' attribute to control the reaction to a missing file: