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From Marius Scurtescu <>
Subject Re: TimeStamp dependent target execution
Date Fri, 07 Jul 2000 20:45:39 GMT
Stefan Bodewig wrote:
> We could even go wild here and provide some kind of pattern matching
> to find destination files corresponding to source files and run the
> transformation only for specific file, something like
> <transform command="jade -t rtf -d mydocbookstyle.dsssl">
>   <src dir="documentation/docbook">
>     <include name="**/*.sgml" />
>   </src>
>   <dest dir="documentation/generated/rtf">
>     <include name="**/*.rtf" />
>   </dest>
>   <match src="*.sgml" dest="*.rtf" />
>   <!-- like Perl? <match pattern="/(.*)\.sgml/$1\.rtf/" /> -->
> </transform>
> which is supposed to pick up each DocBook file that is newer than the
> previously generated RTF version and run Jade to make a more recent
> version from it.
> The last part (pattern stuff) needs a bit of thought but the first
> implementation (transform + your obsolete semantics) seems to be
> straight forward.
> Comments?
> Stefan

Some more thoughts along these lines. Using a few implicit variables this
one-to-one matching can be implemented very elegantly like:

<transform command="compile ${src} ${dest}">
  <src dir="documentation/docbook">
    <include name="**/*.sgml" />
  <dest dir="${folder}">
    <include name="**/${name}.rtf" />

Where ${folder}, ${name}, ${src} and ${dest} have different value for every single
file matched by the <src ...> tag.

The whole process would work like:

1. When a file is matched by <src...> then ${folder}, ${name} and ${src} are
instantiated accordingly (file folder, file name without extension and complete file

2. <dest ..> will [try] match a file and will set ${dest}.

3. The command will be run using these vars.

4 Repeat with step 1 until there are files to be matched.

Of course it would be preferable to use a different syntax for variables to
avoid confusion with project wide properties.

This is very similar to the Perl example Stefan gave above. It just
avoids the regular expression syntax.


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