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From "Dominique Devienne" <>
Subject Re: EasyAnt phases
Date Wed, 12 Nov 2008 15:17:50 GMT
On Wed, Nov 12, 2008 at 6:00 AM, Remie Bolte <> wrote:
> Thanks for the explanation, it indeed seems to be a nice feature, however my
> first concern would be the order of execution.

It's no different from the current behavior Remie.

target-groups or phases are indeed just like target dependency
injection (good analogy Jeffrey!).

By declaring your target to be part of a given group, you are indeed
adding yourself as an *unordered* dependency on that phase (which is
just like a body-less target), but as you target you still have
dependencies, on other targets *or* target groups which will be what
dictates the ordering. If you specify your dependencies correctly, the
order will be correct. That's always been the case, and target groups
don't change that.

As a separate note, it's bad practice IMHO to rely on dependencies to
execute in the order a target specifies them. You should think in
terms of requirements for the target to complete successfully, and not
worry about the order. There's even a custom target executor that
removes the default Ant behavior to honor the order of the direct
dependencies and simply relies on the DAG topological sort, which is
the way to go in fact. --DD

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