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From Gus Heck <>
Subject Re: Request: Change <javac> debug default to "on"
Date Wed, 06 Nov 2002 15:58:28 GMT

> Add a new magic property: build.compiler.debugofflevel
> which when set will be used instead of ":none" when debug not specified or
> defined as false. 

Did he say magic property? uh oh...

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Magic properties have been fairly unpopular. They generally obfuscate 
behavior, and clutter up the namespace available for properties. In this 
case it would put critical information (critical for some at least) 
about what javac is really doing in an obscure location away from the 
invocation of the javac task.

Besides this I am not sure why setting a property would be better than 
setting the flag in javac. The point under discussion is should the 
_default_behavior_ change. There isn't really any need for a new way to 
customize the behavior of javac globally is there?


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