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What are publications in Ivy?

Hussein Baghdadi
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Joined: Nov 08, 2003
Posts: 3479

I'm reading about Apache Ivy.
Ivy is a dependency manager that maintains a local repository and copies the dependencies to the project's lib directory.
I didn't understand what is Ivy publications.
Building, packaging a project/library are Ant's tasks and are written in Ant build files.
So, what are Ivy publications and for what are used?
One more thing:
What does this patterns attribute means?

Thanks for help and time.
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