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From Russell Gold <>
Subject Re: Patterns
Date Thu, 20 Jul 2000 20:17:13 GMT
At 01:08 PM 7/20/00 -0700, you wrote:
>I want to create a target that excludes a file, and another that compiles
>only that one file, so I have tried this:
>  <target name="compile">
>   <javac srcdir="src" destdir="classes" excludes="**/asdf/"
>          classpath="${classpath}" debug="off" optimize="on"
>          deprecation="on"/>
>  </target>
>  <target name="User.class">
>   <javac srcdir="src" destdir="classes"
>          excludes="**/*"
>          includes="**/asdf/"
>          classpath="${classpath}" debug="off" optimize="on"
>          deprecation="on"/>
>  </target>
>With the first target, ant reports that it's compiling 4 files (which would
>be right) however it actually compiles all 5.

The select decides which files are fed to the compiler. Javac will compile 
any files you give it AND any files which those classes depend on.  In the 
first target, although you did not specify the file, one of the 
files you did specify must depend on it.

>With the second target, it says:
>Buildfile: build.xml
>Total time: 0 seconds
>What am I doing wrong?

 From the ant documentation:

"When both inclusion and exclusion are used, only files/directories that 
match the include patterns, and don't match the exclude patterns are used."

You have excluded every file, so nothing gets compiled.

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