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From Jaikiran Pai <>
Subject Re: Option to discard (error) output?
Date Mon, 15 Mar 2021 01:26:57 GMT
Hello Stefan,

Yes that sounds reasonable to me and even the set of tasks that you 
noted to have these properties.


On 14/03/21 4:55 pm, Stefan Bodewig wrote:
> Hi
> reminded me of
> something I wanted to discuss.
> Sometimes people are simply not interested in the (error) output of a
> process started by Ant at all. This is not supported directly as we send
> output to the log unless you redirect it to a file or property.
> People work around this limitation by sending output to /dev/null on
> Unix or "nul" on Windows (which we broke) making the build file
> dependent on the OS. Or they write to a property that is never used, but
> this consumes memory.
> I suggest to add discardOutput/discardErrorOutput properties to
> redirector - and exec/apply/java for convenience - which would use
> NullOutputStreams to allow pumping of streams without storing the
> results anywhere.
> Does this sound reasonable?
> Stefan
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