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From Stefan Bodewig <>
Subject Re: cvs commit: ant/src/main/org/apache/tools/ant/taskdefs
Date Mon, 19 May 2003 14:51:26 GMT
On 19 May 2003, <> wrote:

>   Don't remove basedirectories of <fileset>s that just happen to be
>   matched completely.

This introduces a backwards incompatibility and maybe even
inconsistency, that's why I haven't closed the bug report yet.  I'm
asking for feedback here.

The bug report complains about this situation:

    <move todir="foo">
      <fileset dir="bar" includes="baz"/>

will remove the directory bar, if there is no other file but baz in
in.  If there happens to be a file zyzzy, the directory is retained.
The complaint is that Ant could know that you didn't intend to move
the whole set - you wouldn't have used includes otherwise.

So now the above will retain the "bar" directory while

    <move todir="foo">
      <fileset dir="bar"/>

will remove it.

This seems to be consistent with the docs that say 

| Move a set of files to a new directory
|   <move todir="some/new/dir">
|     <fileset dir="my/src/dir">
|       <include name="**/*.jar"/>
|       <exclude name="**/ant.jar"/>
|     </fileset>
|   </move>

and not "move a complete directory tree if all files are included".


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