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From Inderjeet Singh <>
Subject Re: Proposal: XML output from ant tasks
Date Thu, 24 Feb 2000 19:06:21 GMT

My knowledge of XML/XSL is really poor but here is an idea FWIW: We can
output logs only in XML but then have a style-sheet (ship a default one
that converts XML to plaintext) that is automatically applied to format
the output.


Bernard Davison wrote:
> Looks like a great idea.
> may I suggest that the log by default not be in xml format,
> instead add a -logxml to the ant command line, the same as -quite and -verbose.
> I have been thinking for a while about doing the same in a perl Log module that
> I have written. but have not made a start on it yet.
> see ya
> bernie.
> Hi,
> Right now ant has a very nice file format and works great, but if you
> build a large project you'll probably get a lot of messages - some of them
> are warnings ( deprecated methods ), some are important info ( time to
> build, non-critical failures ).
> Also, with conditional compilation we will have some very important
> messages describing what was actualy build into the dist.
> The problem is that it takes time to extract the information, and it is
> hard to automate it.
> One possible solution is ( guess what? ) xml. If we convert all logs to
> display well-formed XML it will be easy to post-process the results
> and even have a nice format.
> The price is not big - the output will still be readable.  It can be an
> incremental job, with log() changed to wrap everything in a generic
> <log:ant > tag with the source and level, and then we can add format to
> the most important messages ( like deprecations, not-fatal warnings,
> conditional compilations, etc).
> What do you think?
> Costin

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