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From "Dominique Devienne" <>
Subject Re: Inclusion of NetBeans project metadata in source tree?
Date Fri, 05 Oct 2007 16:48:56 GMT
On 10/5/07, Jesse Glick <> wrote:
> I don't recall any previous discussion of whether IDE-specific metadata
> are wanted/permitted in the source tree. I have been privately
> maintaining a NetBeans "freeform" project setup for Ant which ties into
> the build script in various ways and offers easier and more precise
> development of Ant from the IDE. For example, you can ask to debug a
> single test case and it will run the right target (with the right
> parameter) from build.xml and connect it to the IDE's debugger. Since
> Ant's own build.xml is not in general runnable by the last official
> release, it uses a wrapper script to do some bootstrapping and other
> preparation.

I also think it's a good idea, but only if it's kept up-to-date ;-)

> Currently I just keep this in a separate directory structure so as to
> keep my svn checkout clean, and refer to the checkout via an external
> path. But if there are others who might want to use the same IDE on Ant
> it seems a waste for them to not get the same project setup.
> Distributing the metadata separately is awkward (especially if targets
> in build.xml change) and few people would find it.
> Could/should this metadata be put in the Ant source tree somewhere? It
> is a directory "nbproject" with a few files (no changes to other files
> are needed). If at top level, you would be able to open the top source
> dir as a NB project; if under e.g. src/etc/ you would need to know to
> open that parent dir instead. I would need to do some cleanup to test
> that all pieces still work (some I wrote months or even years ago) and
> to ensure that all absolute paths or other per-user configuration could
> be loaded from an svn-ignorable file.

I think the top-level Ant dir is a bit cluttered already, so adding
too many additional files might not be a good idea, unless you can
have just one or two files in the top-level dir, and the rest
somewhere else.

But "nbproject" is not explicit enough a name IMHO. Rather use
netbeans explicitly. --DD

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