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From Nicola Ken Barozzi <>
Subject Re: <import> enhancement, it's done, but do you like how it works?
Date Thu, 11 Jul 2002 07:48:41 GMT wrote:
> Nicola Ken Barozzi <> wrote on 07/11/2002 05:00:18 PM:
>>As you may have seen, the import tag patch now supports redefining 
>>targets  :-)
>>Suppose this target:
>><target name="mytarget" depends="a,b,c"><dostuff/></target>
>>is in a file that is imported by my buildfile.
>>With the patch I can redefine it as follows:
>>  <target name="mytarget">
>>    <dostuff1/>
>>    <antcall target="super.mytarget"/>
> Is super.mytarget a 'special' keyword? Given that you're 'redefining' that 
> target (mytarget), what does antcalling it do? This is confusing IMHO for 
> an end user.

It works like in java.

super.  is a special prefix.
If I redefine mycooltarget two times I can call the first version via 
super.super.mycooltarget , and the second version super.mycooltarget .

Any suggestions on how it can be made better?

>>    <dostuff2/>
>>  </target>
>>Now, mytarget currently does *not* inherit dependencies, although, 
>>having used the same name, it will effectively replace the old version 
>>in the graph.
> Not inheriting dependencies vs inheriting them should really be a non 
> issue. Either it replaces the old one completely or it doesn't, would be 
> my take.

It replaces it for sure, but dependencies are part of the old behaviour.

Other targets see the new one as the old one (replaces), but the new one 
doesn't automatically depend on the targets the old one depended on.

>>This is the order in which the targets are called, also with the outcome 
>>in case we enable dependency inheritance:
>>  1 original mytarget:   a->b->c->dostuff
>>  2 redefined mytarget:  dostuff1->a->b->c->dostuff->dostuff2
> Makes sense.
>>  3 dependency inherit:  a->b->c->dostuff1->dostuff->dostuff2
> Doesn't make sense.

I think so too.

>>IMHO (2) would be the outcome that users think comes out.
>>What do you think?
> Yip.


Nicola Ken Barozzi         
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    (discussions get forgotten, just code remains)

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