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From Nicolas Lalevée <>
Subject Re: svn commit: r1032922 - /ant/core/trunk/src/main/org/apache/tools/ant/taskdefs/
Date Tue, 09 Nov 2010 16:45:23 GMT

Le 9 nov. 2010 à 17:34, Dominique Devienne a écrit :

> 2010/11/9 Nicolas Lalevée <>:
>> That's what I thought, this proposed task being quite trivial and having no side
>> Obviously for larger patch or behavior change I would come first to the ML, like
I did for the project helpers for instance.
> Fair enough. A follow up email to the ML is good though, to explain
> rational etc... before the "commit watch patrol" has to ask for it :)

ok, I'll do that next time (if I have enough time before the review comes in :) ).

>>>> the use case, or more precisely why the use case you describe can't be
>>>> achieved some other way.
>> It can definitively be handled without that task. With Ant 1.8.1, to bind the targets
"jar" and "source" to an extension point "dist" is to create a third target:
>> <target name="bind-to-dist" depends="jar,source" extensionOf="dist" />
>> I find it cleaner to avoid creating yet another target and implement this simple
bindtargets task.
>> If there are objection, I'll remove it. Use that work around for classical build
files. And put this task in EasyAnt from which I got the idea.
> Not being quite up-to-speed on extension-point, I wasn't sure, thanks.
> The reason I'm a little reluctant on <bindtargets> is that it's a task
> that affects the dependency graph of targets, but bypassing the normal
> means to do that, via <target>. Since it's a task, it can be run at
> any time, conditionally or not, inside a target or not, and especially
> after the dependency graph was computed, when it does/can change the
> dependency graph. Maybe that's OK, but it just make me a little
> uncomfortable and I'm not sure we see all the possible ramifications.

This target will modify the build graph yes, but no more than the import task.
And just like the import task, this bindtargets task is only executed if it is at the top


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