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From Stephane Bailliez <>
Subject RE: Eclipse Ant integration
Date Fri, 24 Aug 2001 07:52:46 GMT
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jeff McAffer/OTT/OTI []

> The brings me to my main question:  In doing the Ant 
> integration there were
> we hit small but significant stumbling blocks.  The general 
> theme to the
> issues we encountered was difficulty plugging in different 
> functionality.

I figure out that there were problems considering the comments in the code

> - pattern sets use ' ' (space) in the tokenization.  This 
> just killed our
> automated build mechanism.  We wanted to be able to create a comma
> separated list of files to operate on and then pass this to 
> some other ant
> script.  The second ant script happened to want to create a 
> patternset as
> part of a (for example) <copy>.  Of course, our file names 
> have spaces in
> the names and this did not work.  While this problem is somewhat
> superficial, when we tried to supply an implementation of 
> PatternSet which
> did what we wanted we found that it was not very pluggable and it was
> nearly impossible.

there is also a problem with commas since it is a valid character in a
directory name. (I know this is crazy but I remember someone complaining
about a failure in JUnit because we were tokenizing a comma separated list
of parameters.)

> Anyway, my goal here is not to report bugs/problems but to 

Oh, you should. :-)

> figure out the
> best way to ensure these sorts of problems get addressed and 
> we end up with
> first class integration of Ant into Eclipse.  To this end, 
> we'd like to
> help as much as we can or encourage others to help.  I'm soliciting
> suggestions as to the best way to do this and fit into your community
> model.

Maybe you can drop a mail into ant-users for that ?

> p.s., If you like the icons we use in Eclipse, I will look into
> contributing them to the Ant project.

Cool. :-)

 Stephane Bailliez 
 Software Engineer, Paris - France 
 iMediation - 
 Disclaimer: All the opinions expressed above are mine and not those from my

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