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Subject DO NOT REPLY [Bug 13143] New: - task for selfdocumenting of build.xml files
Date Mon, 30 Sep 2002 15:27:22 GMT
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task for selfdocumenting of build.xml files

           Summary: task for selfdocumenting of build.xml files
           Product: Ant
           Version: 1.5.1Beta1
          Platform: All
        OS/Version: Other
            Status: NEW
          Severity: Enhancement
          Priority: Other
         Component: Documentation
        AssignedTo: ant-dev@jakarta.apache.org
        ReportedBy: miha@softhome.net


Hello,

Please consider the following enhancement request:

Due that fact that ant has very well structured config file (build.xml) - it is 
possible to generate automatic help for specific builld.xml file from file 
itself: i.e. 

- Project tag contains description
- Project tag contains many targets
- Every target contains description of itself
- Target can contain nested properties that can serve as a target parameters

from all this information - it is possible to generate some build.xml help 
report containing very useful "usage" information, like:

Project name: ant
Project description: Apache Ant build system

... auto generated table of all available targets together with their 
description and input parameters (I think today it is impossible to determine 
hat properties were configured as nested for specific target).


ant finally:
running "ant help" command will show you the nice HTML page with usage info for 
current build file?


Please suggest.

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