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From Ken Wood <kw...@i2.com>
Subject Re: Feature suggestion
Date Sat, 07 Apr 2001 17:05:07 GMT
You put your finger on it:


> Now, I know I could do something like
> vi $BUILD_HOME/build.xml ... just a convenient little option that I would find
> personally useful.

If every one of us tacked into 'ant' every little option that would
be useful, we'd create a behemoth. If none of the options you
listed are satisfactory, then write your own java task to
launch an editor. But I still vote against this as a feature needed
in Ant as maintained and distributed...

Mike Hogan wrote:

> Hi Christoph,
>
> I don't want anything fancy or graphical or complicated at all. When I'm
> working with ant, I spend a lot of my time editing build.xml.  Now, I can be
> in any directory when I want to edit it, so sometimes I do this:
>
> vi ../../../../../build.xml
>
> and sometimes I do
>
> vi ../../build.xml.
>
> Now, I know I could do something like
>
> vi $BUILD_HOME/build.xml
>
> or I could even write a shell alias to do what I want.  But it just seemed
> more generally useful if I could do something like
>
> ant -edit
>
> and that would locate the build.xml file and launch vi for me to edit it.
> Could do it with a very simple piece of scripting in the ant shell script,
> or you could do it in the java code itself.  I am not talking about IDEs or
> anything like that, just a convenient little option that I would find
> personally useful.
>
> Cheers,
> Mike.
>
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Christoph Wilhelms [mailto:Christoph.Wilhelms@t-online.de]
> > Sent: 07 April 2001 03:00
> > To: ant-dev@jakarta.apache.org
> > Subject: RE: Feature suggestion
> >
> >
> > Hi!
> >
> > Can you please tell me, if I understood correctly what you want!
> >
> > Do you want to run commandline Ant everywhere, poping up a FileSelector if
> > "build.xml" cant be found? If so, then you shouldt start Ant, but
> > Antidote,
> > for it is capable of it ATM!
> >
> > Otherwise, If you want to modify the projectdefinition while ant
> > is started
> > Antidote is the rightone, too - even there is still a litte bit missing...
> > but we are workig on it (mostly Sim and Nick :-))!
> >
> > Greetigs,
> > Chris
> >
> > > Mike,
> > >
> > > IMHO, I do not see that as a core ant feature. It is really
> > something that
> > > Antidote will offer and  is more appropriate there where you
> > will have an
> > > "integrated" environment.
> > >
> > > Conor
> > >
> > > > How about adding a feature to ant that allows editing of the build.xml
> > > file:
> > > >
> > > > "ant edit" locates the build.xml file and kicks off an editor using a
> > > > specified command line.  Saves having to go looking for the build.xml
> > > file
> > > > everytime you want to edit it.
> > > >
> > > > Cheers,
> > > > Mike.
> >
> >


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