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From Steve Loughran <>
Subject Re: [Patch] keep-alive feature
Date Mon, 07 Jul 2003 17:12:36 GMT
peter reilly wrote:
> I am thinking of committing the keep-alive
> feature:
> Do any of the ant commiters have a problem with
> this feature?

I am mostly neutral. I can see its value in some cases (install, but 
think that it may lead to grief down the wire. The nice thing about 
<try>/<catch> (that I do want to add to the core) is that it forces the 
developers to think about failures and how to handle them. the keepgoing 
concept says 'ignore all errors'; it is failoneerror scaled up.

Testing can be handled with the junit failureproperty, so it is really 
installation and special test actions that are being handled. 
Installations is very much a secondary function of ant. [And I prefer 
installations to unroll cleanly on failure, not keep going]

If you are going to commit it
-make it a command line option
-lots of messages at both info and verbose, esp something at info that 
warns when the system keeps going
-make sure that try/catch logic takes priority

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