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From Daniel Barclay <>
Subject Re: inconsistency in top-level items; automatic init. task?
Date Mon, 21 May 2001 20:02:39 GMT
Stefan Bodewig wrote:
> Daniel Barclay <> wrote:
> > There seems to be an inconsistency in what can appear at the top
> > level of a build file (not under any target).
> You're observation is absolutely correct, and I'm sure, this is
> something that will be addressed with Ant2 in one way or the other.
> Blame it on historical cruft Ant1 is carrying around and the curse of
> backwards compatibility.

Do you think Ant2 can be different?  Peter's reply wasn't encouraging.  

(Was he just talking about Ant1?:

  >Why not either:
  >- let any task appear at the top level, or

  that was -1ed ages ago as could lead to heaps of complexity. It could also
  lead to target-less scripts.

  >- define an initialization target (when a target has some distinguished
  >  name like "init" or something, every other target implicitly depends
  >  on it)

  This was done and users screamed for blood ;) 


Daniel Barclay
Digital Focus

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