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From Jean-Louis Boudart <>
Subject Re: task that allows augmentation of previously declared references
Date Mon, 22 Mar 2010 10:42:36 GMT
Sorry for the delay.

I really like the idea of being able to "augment" previously declared
reference. There is many uses cases where it can be useful.
For example, if ant can provides such feature it would simplify a lot the
job in easyant for projects using many directories as source folder.
They will just need to augment the fileset used for source folder.

It makes also senses for other dataType.

I'm also +1 for the "final=false" attribute.

By the way i think the only use case that is discutable is for <path>. Most
of the time we want to append something to an existing classpath, so here
augment make sense. But how will the augment feature will help us if we want
to prepend things in the classpath (for example if we use coverage tools,
instrumented classes must be put before the compiled classes in the
In EasyAnt we've defined our own <path> task that handle this use cases
(allowing prepend / append / overwrite).
Considering that this problem cannot be solved just by using "augment"
feature, should we improve the behavior of <path> task? or let each projects
defined their own task to do this?

Is the augment feature already commited on trunk (i've not checked the trunk
for a while)? Is it targeted to be in the 1.8.1?

My 2 cents

2010/2/25 Dominique Devienne <>

> On Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 10:00 AM, Gilles Scokart <>
> wrote:
> > Did you have any example to demonstrates the benefits of such task ?
> The benefits with conjunction with <import> could be important, in
> that you can "mix-in" specialized pre-defined builds dealing with
> specific concerns (like JAXB pre-compilation for example) and have
> those builds "implicitly" augment the classpath or Javac source path
> appropriately for example (as documented in those builds, and you do
> explicitly import those, so are kinda in control). Sure, it does open
> the door for some complexity, and Ant would enter some un-chartered
> waters indeed, but when trying to design reusable builds in the
> (distant now) past, I've often felt the need for such a feature. Yet
> it doesn't necessarily mean that would have been the right solution
> either. I'd be interesting to have the input of the EasyAnt people on
> the matter in fact. Maybe an opt-in approach, explicitly adding
> final="false" on those datatype ids *designed* for extension, would be
> a more conservative introduction of this feature, although that does
> force to have "perfect hindsight" into what will be necessary to
> extend/augment or not. --DD
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Jean Louis Boudart
Independent consultant
Project Lead

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