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From "Steve Loughran" <>
Subject Re: Ant to manipulate URL's and not only files ?
Date Sun, 25 Nov 2001 19:12:39 GMT

----- Original Message -----
From: "Peter Donald" <>
To: "Ant Developers List" <>
Sent: Sunday, November 25, 2001 3:20 AM
Subject: Re: Ant to manipulate URL's and not only files ?

> URL objects are not even vaguely useful enough for our purposes. How do
> list the contents of a http: directory (ie you cant)

WebDAV; PROPGET on the base URL will return child files and directories, as
opposed to the index page.

>, while ftp: urls allow
> it it is vastly different from listing a local directory.
> To implement this sort of thing you require some sort of virtual
> abstraction where each different filesystem can have different
> ie FTP filesystem can list directories, http can read single files, native
> filesystem can detect if files are readable, writeable and so forth.
> It has been discussed before and approved I think but the work of
> implementing it has not yet started.
> > The next stage for Ant would be to use FTP or WebDAV to manage also Ant
> > outputs ... But this is another debate!

> webdav would be kool.

Ant already supports FTP output very nicely, though it could be a bit

WebDAV would be very cool indeed, but I think WebDAV based deployment should
take priority over input. If you want webDAV input, both MacOSX and Linux
have DAV filesystems which you just mount.


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