I never seem to remember what I need to install to get the optional
<ftp> task in Ant working when it’s time to blow away Eclipse and start a fresh install. Here is the basic information you need to get it working:
For Ant 1.5, you will need to download NetComponents.jar.
Grab the applicable files above and put them in your
$ECLIPSEHOME/plugins/org.apache.ant_$CURRENTVERSION/lib folder. You’ll then need to add the file(s) you copied to this directory to the Ant classpath which you can do by going to Window > Preferences, traverse down the tree on the left to Ant > Runtime, and use the dialog box which appears to add them. I usually use the “Add External JAR’s” option myself. Click “OK” when done,and then you should be good to go. You may however need to restart Eclipse.