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From stephan beal <>
Subject Re: <condition> extension: does this make sense?
Date Tue, 02 Apr 2002 13:23:58 GMT
On Tuesday 02 April 2002 15:02 pm, Stefan Bodewig wrote:
> On Sat, 30 Mar 2002, stephan beal <> wrote:
> > That looks like a pretty safe way to check for platform-specific
> > commands
> But costly at the same time, and you have to make sure that you don't
> create any side effects in the execution.  I'd be very careful here.

What types of side-effects (not arguing, just asking)? i can't currently 
imagine any side-effects which can't also be caused by mis-typing a property 
name or other such mistake. Of course, if you go deleting trees and 
such in your execs, it's you're own fault if something fails later because a 
tree isn't there. That's just part of buildfile debuggering.

> But costly...

With all the build time ant has saved me, i almost feel the need to take up a 
few extra minutes with extraneous <exec> calls ;). (build time > 60 minutes 
with make, <4 with ant.)

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