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From Stefan Bodewig <>
Subject Re: attribute and element namings of the archiving tasks.
Date Fri, 21 Dec 2001 10:35:19 GMT
On Thu, 20 Dec 2001, Steve Loughran <> wrote:

> I would like to replace this with the 'destFile' attribute; leaving
> the old warfile, jarfile stuff in there as deprecated, adding
> deprecation to the file attr, and pulling the file attribute from
> the docs.


And remove the file attribute before the release of Ant 1.5, no need
to remain backwards compatible to code that has never been released

> 2. gzip, bzip2 need srcFile and destFile attributes, and should add
> dependency testing to not create the dest if it is up to date.


> 3. Unjar/Untar/Unwar/Unzip can take the srcFile and destDir attrs as
> aliases for their existing stuff


> 4. Gunzip. Bunzip2 can take srcFile easily. Its dest attribute can
> be either a file or a directory, with different behavior in each
> case. I'd like to add explicit destDir and destFile attributes and
> behaviour,


> 5. <tar> only takes <tarfileset> as a parameter, even if you don't
> want to spec username, mode, etc. I'd like to add <fileset> support;
> the way I envisage this is to have an addFileSet(FileSet fileset)
> method which creates a new tarfileset for every fileset
> public void addFileSet(FileSet fileset) {
>     filesets.addElement(new TarFileSet(fileset));
> }
> None of this would break anything, we just add more 'deprecated'
> cruft (sigh), but gain a simpler conceptual model for end users.

Is it worth the trouble? +0


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