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From "Charles Tewksbury" <>
Subject RE: reassigning property values?
Date Fri, 27 Oct 2000 21:01:42 GMT
To start with, I having been having a heck of a time with properties lately.
I don't know why but all my build files just seemed to go in the toilet when
I upgraded to 1.2 (I doubt I was doing them correctly to start with but...)
Is anybody else experiencing upgrade nightmares?

Now to Jose's statement.  I agree almost completely, especially that you
cannot guarantee a BUILD ALL means all subprojects are designed to a
cohesive whole.

I do wish to expand a bit more with my own frustrations (Don't get me wrong,
for the most part I love ANT).  In my projects I build numerous subprojects
(>10) (which I differentiate by groups working on the project so they can
maintain their sub-project build files and I just do the integrations).  In
these subprojects there are many interdependencies.  For example (does not
reflect reality too closely):

	Mod A depends on C
	Mod B depends on C
	Mod C depends on B
	Mod D depends on A

This works great when building any submodule but when I BUILD ALL, I could
end up building
 	Build A:	B, C, A
	Build B:	(No build but trying B, C, B, C, B, C, .....)
	Build C:	(No build but trying B, C, B, C, B, C, .....)
	Build D:	C, A, D

I know the interdependencies may seem strange but they are true.  To stop
the "circular" builds of B and C, I have to tell them through a "nosubmod"
prop not to build if already built.  I originally wanted to do this by
passing a property back up the build chain but apparently I am unable to do
this.  Therefore, I end up doing some funky behavior in my build all script
where I personally understand the dependencies.  (Although I hate it, this
is one benefit of GMake).

I liked the concept of a target getting executed once and only once, except
this doesn't work between multiple build files (or antcalls for that

Now I realize that no one knows my exact structure, but I assume others have
similar problems, I would be interested in hearing how you solved them.

-----Original Message-----
From: Jose Alberto Fernandez []
Sent: Friday, October 27, 2000 3:33 PM
To: ''
Subject: RE: reassigning perperty values?

I may be arguing(sp?) for breaking buildfiles left and right, but
I really think it is wrong to presume that any ANT file called from another
is a related subproject.

In my view, there are two types of buildfiles:
(1) Autonomous build files (for a better name) which set all their
to the correct values before they are used.
(2) Dependant buildfiles, that expect some of their properties (maybe most
of them)
to be set by a calling buildfile.

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