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From Peter Donald <>
Subject Re: [VOTE] Porting <fileset> 'file' attribute to 1.5 branch+1
Date Mon, 02 Sep 2002 10:12:20 GMT
+1 to addint it across. It is invaluable - especially for cases like 
commons/tomcat builds that generally require to set a property before 
building em.

On Mon, 2 Sep 2002 18:40, Erik Hatcher wrote:
> Contrary to what I've said before about making sure the external
> interface of 1.5 does not change with bug fixes, I'd like to propose
> that we port the addition of the file attribute on AbstractFileSet to
> the 1.5 branch.  This minor addition makes life so much easier, and I'm
> using this new attribute in all my builds now as well.
> Before this addition, to get a fileset containing only a single file
> when that file is referred to by a property, you had to get a pointer to
> its parent directory somehow.  With property immutability and the
> possibility that someone could override whatever property you use for
> the parent directory, its not that safe.
> I have two conflicting personal reasons for and against adding this to 1.5.
> For: I'm going to be travelling around a bit soon speaking on
> Ant/XDoclet and all my example builds are using the 'file' attribute
> because its so much cleaner.  It would be nice if the attendees could be
> up and running with my samples with a released build of Ant 1.5.x
> (although I'll likely bundle my version of Ant with any samples I
> provide just to be on the safe side for now).
> Against: My book does not document the 'file' attribute, of course, and
> that would take it a bit out of synch, although its all backwards
> compatible and we can add that to our errata list.
> But the benefits to the Ant community outweigh any arguments against
> adding it, IMO.
> So, here's my +1.
> 	Erik


Peter Donald
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