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From Bill Burton <>
Subject Re: Any chance to have <copy> to preserve file permissions?
Date Thu, 05 Dec 2002 03:47:48 GMT

Since it seems you only need to determine if the executable bit needs to 
be preserved, maybe you could write a Perl script that given a source 
directory, a list of files in that directory and a target directory will 
find all the executable files and chmod the corresponding target file. 
You could then call that script from <apply> after your <copy> where 
preserving execute permissions is required.

Another option is to write a <cp> task that supports some subset of the 
<copy> task but runs the cp command to perform the copies.


Alexey Solofnenko wrote:
> I do not know about you, but I need to be able to copy executable files
> regardless how difficult it can be to implement. It is a basic
> functionality. Sometimes I wonder if people really use some products.
> - Alexey.
> --
> {   } Alexey N. Solofnenko
> Pleasant Hill, CA (GMT-8 usually)
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Steve Loughran [] 
> Sent: Wednesday, December 04, 2002 9:31 AM
> To: Ant Developers List
> Subject: Re: Any chance to have <copy> to preserve file permissions?
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Ken Wood" <>
> To: "Ant Developers List" <>
> Sent: Tuesday, December 03, 2002 7:44 PM
> Subject: Re: Any chance to have <copy> to preserve file permissions?
>>Yes, everyone wishes ant could copy files on unix and
>>preserve permissions. But, java doesn't recognize those
>>permissions, so the copy cannot preserve them - it can't
>>preserve something it does not see.
>>You can use 'exec' to run 'cp' and preserve permissions...
>>Alexey Solofnenko wrote:
>>>Fair enough. But don't you think it might be really important to be able
> to
>>>copy executable files on Unix?
>>>- Alexey.
> At some point in the future, ant is bound add ant-native tasks where we do
> our own JNI wrappers to do things not possible before: symlink work, getting
> at permissions, maybe some more. But it would a dog to try and port, build,
> test all that stuff for all the platforms ant supports, which is why I am
> not in a rush to do it.
> -steve

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