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From Holger Engels <>
Subject evaluation on demand in 2.0
Date Tue, 02 Oct 2001 08:39:13 GMT

A path definition, that contains a fileset might depend on the time, it is

  <path id="some.path">
    <pathelement path="${build.classpath}/" />
    <fileset dir="${build}/lib">
      <include name="*.jar" />

One of four things might happen:

1. {build} has not been mkdir-ed -> build fails
2. {build}/lib exists, but is still empty
3. {build}/lib contains the contents from a previous ant-call
4. if the target, that generates {build}/lib has executed already,
   the path will contain the current set of jars

This makes path definitions (maybe other datatype usage, too) less
helpful, they could be.

possible solution:

-> evaluate the path definition on demand - probably more than once a


-> a target depends on a path, the same way as targets depend on other



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