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From Nicola Ken Barozzi <>
Subject Re: Ant 2 et al.
Date Wed, 10 Jul 2002 20:34:16 GMT

Patrick (Gus) Heck wrote:
> e?
>>You mean that you want to be able to run tasks by doing something like:
>>   ant -task cvs diff -u
>>Cool :-)
>>Why don't we enable it?
> How would that be supperior to:
> cvs diff -u

If you don't have cvs on your machine ant cvstask is made in Java.
Ok, bad example, cvs is everywhere anf cvstask calls it anyway ;-)

> Perhaps you have a better example? On the other hand if I could use ant
> to get a filelist from a fileset for an outside program, THAT would be
> useful :). Dangerous too. I can imagine people writing scripts that make
> ant task calls to do procedural things, and then execing them in the
> buildfile.... That could make things quite incomprehensible and spread
> them across many files, potentially in several script languages too. 



> But is that ant's problem or the developer's problem?

Probably the drawbacks are > than the advantages,
it just seemed like a nice thing to have at first :-/

Nicola Ken Barozzi         
             - verba volant, scripta manent -
    (discussions get forgotten, just code remains)

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