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From Stefan Bodewig <>
Subject Re: ?
Date Tue, 17 Oct 2000 12:55:55 GMT
>>>>> "DH" == Diane Holt <> writes:

 DH> I believe the thinking (even by Nico) was that since <echo> was
 DH> changed to take a "file" attribute shortly after this was
 DH> offered, that it obviated the need for it.

That's how I've seen it, yes.

 DH> and the reason it's nicer than just using the <echo
 DH> file="somefile"> is because it can change the value of a property
 DH> already in the file, rather than either just overwriting (or
 DH> appending to) the file itself.

I'm not sure I understand the difference between changing the property
in the file and overwriting the file with one that has the new

You don't have to restrict yourself to a single property as you could
simply write


the only restriction (and I don't know whether this is what is
disturbing you) is that you need to know all properties that could be
set in this file.


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