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From Phil Hanna <>
Subject Time-based dependencies
Date Wed, 12 Jul 2000 18:33:51 GMT
I have an application that

1. downloads file from the web
2. unzips
3. runs foo.bat that came from

If foo.bat already exists and is newer than, I don't need to do step 2.
If is already downloaded, I don't need to run step 1.

How can I set up my build.xml to only do the minimum required, based on the existence and
file time comparisons that a makefile would do?

The solution doesn't seem to relate to the target "depends" attribute, because that only refers
to whether the other target has been executed in the current Ant project.  The "available"
task can be used to set a property if a file *exists*, but not if it does *not* exist or if
it is out of date.  Similarly, the target "if" attribute causes a target to be run if a property
exists, but not if it does not exist.

What I think I need is something like

<target name="run" depends="unzip">...</target>
<target name="unzip" depends="download" if="">...</target>
<target name="download" if="foo.zip_does_not_exist">...</target>

Am I missing something obvious?  make handles this easily.

Phil Hanna
E-Commerce Solutions
SAS Institute, Inc.
(919) 677-8000 x4284

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