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From Peter Janes <>
Subject Re: [SUBMIT] Attrib task (chmod for Windows)
Date Fri, 25 Jan 2002 17:47:06 GMT
Rob Oxspring wrote:
 > Why should and force an operating system
 > precondition?

Taking this a step further, why couldn't this be handled in a more 
general-purpose, inclusive manner?  Define attributes that can apply to 
files, actions for each platform to which they apply, and a factory that 
translates them appropriately.  Ignore (or warn about) attributes that 
aren't supported.  It then isn't a matter of "what native tool can I use on 
platform X", but "what does platform X support".  (I haven't looked much at 
the VFS proposals for Ant2, but I'm guessing they handle things this way.)

As a simple example, take something like


On Windows (which doesn't have "executable" files) this would translate to

   attrib +r +h foo

On UNIX (which doesn't have "hidden" files) it would become

   chmod 0555 foo

Mac probably doesn't have executable or hidden files, so it would just set 
the read-only attribute.  Similarly for Netware, Be, etc.

If more fine-grained control is necessary, either use "exec" for your 
platform of choice or add user-specified attributes like <java>'s <jvmargs>.

Peter J.

Rob Oxspring wrote:
> Why should and force an operating system
> precondition?
>     protected boolean isValidOs() {
>         return Os.isFamily("unix") && super.isValidOs();
>     }
> It is simply not true that the os family must be unix for the task to run.
> "unix" should probably be a default value, but the os parameter should be
> enhanced to allow a list of valid families e.g. "unix, windows" thereby
> allowing chmod to be used under windows and unix based builds.
> Rob
>>-----Original Message-----
>>From: Jesse Stockall []
>>Sent: Friday, January 25, 2002 2:13 PM
>>To: ant-dev
>>Subject: [SUBMIT] Attrib task (chmod for Windows)
>>Here is a a new Task for changing file attributes on Windows. It is
>>based on the Chmod task.
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