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From Walker Joe <>
Subject Property Precedence
Date Tue, 20 Nov 2001 11:05:44 GMT

If more than one thing sets a property, the rules as to which value is used
seem to be complex and undocumented.

I want to have build.xml files which are not generally modified, but that
can be customised using a properties file. This can't be done easily with
the complex and undocumented property precedence rules.

Have I just not looked hard enough?
Should I dig into the code and write documentation?
There seemed to be some idea some time ago that the rules surrounding
property where about to change is this still the case - am I wasting my


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