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From "Antoine Levy-Lambert" <>
Subject Re: cvs commit: ant/src/testcases/org/apache/tools/ant
Date Tue, 22 Jul 2003 12:12:26 GMT
> OK.  But for case-insensitive file systems it doesn't matter, right?
The need for this getCanonicalFile()

suppose you are building on Windows a jar file
in your build.xml you have
<jar destfile="some.jar">

the jar file will then contain ALPHA/BETA/BETA.XML and it will make a big
difference on UNIX, and it will also make a difference under Windows if you
extract the jar in a location where there is no directory called alpha, then
the new entry will be really called ALPHA/BETA/BETA.XML

Conclusion : if we remove the getCanonicalFile, then we are breaking
compatibility of behavior with ant 1.5.3 and earlier. It is possible to do
that, and write in WHATSNEW :

caution : the case of relative paths in filesets will be determined by the
case of the include patterns used to define the fileset.

> I don't know for sure.  Let me see, yep, behavior on MacOS X using HFS
> is the same as on Windows.

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