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From "Peter Reilly" <>
Subject Re: Inclusion of NetBeans project metadata in source tree?
Date Fri, 05 Oct 2007 16:52:11 GMT
On 10/5/07, Dominique Devienne <> wrote:
> 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.
I think that there is only one directory added.
> But "nbproject" is not explicit enough a name IMHO. Rather use
> netbeans explicitly. --DD

nbproject is the name normally used for netbeans.


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