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From "Emmanuel Feller" <>
Subject Re: failonerror; general solution
Date Thu, 09 Oct 2003 11:26:10 GMT

I not agree on all ...

The <if/> is not a good thing, and especially in big builds.
My builds are quite comlex and I reduce complexity by
developping my own tasks : this is the official way and
(IMHO) should be promoted. I developped wrapper around
conditionnal things but now I have access to macro by
<macrodef/>, and I think i will refactor my build around
this. So i think than the <if/> has no place in ANT any
more, if it could had one. The same things for <foreach/>.

I think than Ant 1.6 is a quite revolution (cleaner ways,
simpler ways), so i do not want it to be misunderstood.(In
My Humble Opinion)

I use the try/catch, and it could be shipped but I do not
want that it convince newbies than Ant is a scripting
framework. It is a real danger.

For the propertyCopy, i use it a lot, but i am searching a
cleaner way to do it. On this i do not have an opinion.

----- Message d'origine ----- 
De : "Jose Alberto Fernandez" <>
À : "Ant Developers List" <>
Envoyé : jeudi 9 octobre 2003 12:59
Objet : RE: failonerror; general solution

To tell you the truth I think that the 5(?) tasks of
antcontrib are just a necesity if you try to write
large ANT scripts that must be maintainable by more than one

The <if/> task helps reduce the amount of temporary
variables ant
special init-targets and intermediate targets whose only
need is to
check for a property being set or not.

<trycatch/> speaks for itself.

In my builds, at least, <foreach/> is a necesity, since many
of my
must be build several times with different configuration
And the number of configurations is configurable.

The other ones, <propertycopy> and others are just good.

This is why I think we should ask for permission to ship it
as an
It will serve as an example of the power of the framework.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Gus Heck []
> Sent: 08 October 2003 19:58
> To: Ant Developers List
> Subject: Re: failonerror; general solution
> >I'm not as eager to see the tasks in Ant proper as
> that's why I
> >haven't taken any initiative here (in Apache speak,
that's the
> >difference between my +0 and the +1s that have been cast
by others).
> >
> >
> >
> Are we talking about all ant-contrib tasks or just
> I thought
> just try/catch...
> -Gus
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