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From Jeffrey E Care <>
Subject Re: EasyAnt phases
Date Wed, 12 Nov 2008 17:37:46 GMT
"Remie Bolte" <> wrote on 11/12/2008 11:42:05 AM:

> > 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.
> There is one change: the current Ant behavior is to respect the order in
> which dependencies are set. The phase as currently proposed does not 
> with this, making it only usable in certain use cases.

Someone correct me if I'm wrong here, but AFAIK there's nothing in the 
documentation that states target dependencies will be executed in the 
order listed. The fact that the default executor respects the order is a 
side effect of the implementation, not a guaranteed behavior.

The fact that many projects do in fact rely on target dependencies being 
executed in listed order doesn't make it right.
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