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From "Magesh Umasankar" <umag...@apache.org>
Subject Re: [PATCH] srcFile to echo
Date Fri, 07 Dec 2001 08:12:24 GMT
From: "Magesh Umasankar" <umagesh@apache.org>

> From: "Steve Loughran" <steve_l@iseran.com>
>
> >
> > I had this irresistible urge to print the output of a program to the
> screen.
> >
> > This patch adds a srcFile attribute to Echo; if set the source file is
> read
> > in (default encoding) and replaces the message test,.
>
> +1
>
> > I am not actually sure if this is the best approach. A more general
> purpose
> > approach would be to have
> >
> > <loadfile name="foo" srcFile="somefile.txt" /> and have the property
bound
> > to the contents of the file.
> >
> > Echoing then becomes <echo message="${foo}"/>
>
> +1
>
> The former does not hinder development of the latter.  Some might
> prefer to just display the file and forget about it instead of loading it
> up in memory as a property.
>

Of course whatever value was previously set for message attribute
would be trumped by srcFile.  Was this what your concern was?  If so,
<loadfile> seems to be the best way to go.

Magesh




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