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From "Dominique Devienne" <>
Subject Re: <ant> and basedir
Date Fri, 29 Aug 2008 14:11:47 GMT
On Fri, Aug 29, 2008 at 8:48 AM, Stefan Bodewig <> wrote:
>> Now if only <import> would work the same ;-)
> We disagree here.

Definitely. Just the fact that you documented the whole mess about
<*ant*>'s basedir nightmare is enough of a hint to me that not doing
the obvious is a mistake. Resolution relative to the current file, or
relative to what the current file explicitly says it should be, is
always tons better than via something you don't control. It's simply
more natural, the least surprising, etc... That's how HTML resolves
things, XSL, etc...

> Writing ${basedir}/ in front of every location in
> the imported file would be pretty tedious.  IMHO it is far more common
> that you want files resolved relative to basedir than relative to the
> location of the imported file.

Builds always rely on tons a properties to this dir or that dir
anyway, and imported build files typically make assumptions about the
properties they depend on, to be set by the importer somehow.

But anyhow, I've lost this argument then, and sounds like I'm loosing
it now. It's too bad, as it's the simpler, least surprising behavior,
to always resolve relative to the current file. I'm 100% sure of that.
Saving a few keystrokes is a mistake if it goes away from the simple
choice. But 'nough said ;-)

Thanks for the changes Stefan. --DD

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