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Subject Re: [VOTE] target-less build files
Date Thu, 18 Jul 2002 14:44:40 GMT

I think you put the problem in the wrong way - having tasks outside 
of a task ( i.e. at top level ) is the real issue. 

That's how ant worked originally until a vote on ant-dev changed it, and
most uses were for setup-like tasks, like <property>, <taskdef>,
etc. It can be used for <javac> as well, but I don't think this
is the main use-case. 


On 18 Jul 2002, Stefan Bodewig wrote:

> Hi,
> after I've made these things possible, Peter has indicated that he
> doesn't like them.  Honestly, target-less build files have been the
> driving force for me to tackle the "tasks outside of targets" part and
> I would have liked an early indicator as I've said what I'd be doing
> quite clearly several times, but hey ...
> Here we go.
> I like target-less build files as an easy entry for newbies as well as
> a stripped down process for very simple things (Ant's own docs.xml
> could perfectly be stated without targets at all).
> +1 to target-less build files.
> Stefan
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