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From "Aaron Knauf" <>
Subject RE: Searching for build.xml
Date Tue, 07 Nov 2000 01:37:36 GMT
I agree.

+1 for everything mentioned here.

-1 for the buildfile searching feature.

Aaron Knauf
Systems Integrator
Genie Systems Ltd
Auckland, New Zealand
Ph. +64-9-573 3310 x812

John Hempe <>
07/11/2000 09:19
Please respond to ant-dev

        To:     "''" <>
        Subject:        RE: Searching for build.xml

>It's just never been clear to me why we need this particular cake at all.
>The behaviour used to be:
>   When nothing is specified, Ant looks for a build.xml file in the
>   current directory. When found, it uses that file as a buildfile.
>   To make Ant use another buildfile, use the commandline option
>   -buildfile <file>, where <file> is the buildfile you want to use.
>The nice thing about that, from my perspective, is that it's what I'd
>expect. What I wouldn't expect (and why I "voted" against the change) is
>for ant to wander up the tree looking for one, and executing whatever
>happened to be in the first one it found.

EEK!  Please don't make it do that.  Please, people, KISS with regard to
Ant.  It is the most elegant, simple build tool I've ever used.  Don't 
it by trying to make it do everything in the universe.

If you MUST add functionality, at least keep the semantics of the simpler
features unchanged so that the simple, intuitive way it works now is not
corrupted by "expert features".

Remember, an Ant-sized ant can lift 5 times its body weight or more, but 
elephant-sized Ant would tear itself apart trying to accomplish the same


P.S.  Does Ant mean or stand for anything? 

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