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From "Steve Loughran" <>
Subject Re: [PATCH] Ant Task - Proposed Enhancement
Date Thu, 13 Mar 2003 20:54:52 GMT

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From: "Andrew Goodnough" <>
To: <>; <>
Sent: Thursday, March 13, 2003 08:54
Subject: RE: [PATCH] Ant Task - Proposed Enhancement

> This new ant task has no support for running several targets, forking,
> child->parent props,refs (except the default handling of props/ref
> provided by the original ant).  This was outside of my scope.  I don't
> see why these features couldn't be added though.  <java> and <javac>
> have a fork attribute - why couldn't <ant>?  Based on *your* reasoning
> we should have created a <subjavac> if <javac> wasn't meeting our
> needs.

Forking is something I'd like to see in big ant projects, though eliminating
memory leaks is more important.

the hard part about forking ant is that we want a tight channel between the
two so that log messages and build exceptions trickle up; the subprocess
should be fairly tightly coupled. In pure unix I'd do that with a fork(), a
pipe and some structs, but java is fiddler. RMI might be better -add a
special param to ant to give it the hostname:port of an RMI receiver that
status should go to. Maybe that could all be done with a special listener.

anyway, that is all in the post 1.6 timeframe. I'd be nice to do remote
builds as well as local in this framework.

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