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Subject DO NOT REPLY [Bug 14646] - need "-n", "show what to do but don't do it" command-line argument
Date Mon, 18 Nov 2002 20:14:27 GMT
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need "-n", "show what to do but don't do it" command-line argument





------- Additional Comments From stevel@apache.org  2002-11-18 20:14 -------
One of the differences of make is that all dependencies are handled by the tool
itself, not the programs it calls, and the dependencies are so simple (And
explicit). Ant hands off dependency checking to the individual tasks, and
although timestamps are the core metric, sometimes file contents and signatures
are checked,. It would be a lot harder to do a -n option.

Not necessarily impossible, merely requiring a complete redesign and
reimplementation of a lot, including most tasks, that would need to incorporate
the -n action into their code and declare what output files they'd end up
creating (if they knew). 

Leaving open as an enhancement...

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