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From Steve Loughran <>
Subject Re: <depends/> and no-op output
Date Tue, 02 Mar 2004 09:54:01 GMT
Rob Oxspring wrote:
> One of my (very few) pet hates with ant is that the depends task 
> displays something when it performs a no-op.  This seems counter to 
> other tasks (copy, javac, zip IIRC) and means that my complex build ends 
> up spitting out a lot of output while doing very little.  The output 
> itself doesn't exactly qualify as stimulating reading either:
> "Deleted 0 out of date files in 0 seconds"
> I was wondering if there was any point in preparing a patch to not 
> output/log if 0 files have been deleted.  The patch / change would be 
> laughably small but I'm not 100% that it'll sit well with everyone as 
> depends feels like its been around for a few releases now and this would 
> be a change to the output.  I could complicate the patch by making it 
> configurable (lognoop="no"??) if that makes people happier although it 
> seems unecessary to me.  Alternatively I could live with it as it is and 
> mutter to myself just as I have done so far.

seems reasonable to me

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