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From Per Thomas Jahr <>
Subject Support for JavaMake in Ant (for better dependency checking)
Date Tue, 13 Nov 2001 13:07:09 GMT
Hi, I've found some experimental code from Sun at this site:

On their site they have something called Java Make Tool that will keep 
track of dependencies in class files.

The make tool is packaged in one jar file (javamake1.2.jar), it's 
platform independent (of course) and its invoked by java -jar 
javamake1.2.jar <options>. I have tested it with both javac and jikes.

As I understand it Ant only has a very simple form of dependency 
checking (it compares the timestamp of the java and class files). Would 
it be a good idea to support this command line tool in some future 
release of Ant? It would be nice to have support for it in the compile 

Per Thomas Jahr

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