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From Thorbjørn Ravn Andersen <>
Subject ant -u http://somewhere/build.xml
Date Wed, 27 Jan 2010 09:46:29 GMT

We have a need for ant to be easily able to use a build.xml file 
available on a remote server, which means that I would really like to be 
able to provide an URL instead of a filename to ant.

I just found that 1.8rc0 has been released, so to check if ant already 
can do this I downloaded the svn source for HEAD [1], and had a quick 
look at the source for, where it seems that 
all the logic for the build file is File-based, and a quick look at the 
developer mailing list and the issues system did not immediately reveal 
any discussion on this.

I'd really, really like this to be possible in ant 1.8, hence this 
hurried mail, and I'd be happy to help.

What should I do now?


[1] The "ant bootstrap" process fails compiling optional taskdefs for a 
plain svn extract.  The installation documents does not mention how to 
circumvent this.

  Thorbjørn Ravn Andersen  " Tubular Bells!"

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