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From Stefan Bodewig <>
Subject Re: javac and compilerargs
Date Mon, 15 Mar 2004 12:43:13 GMT
On Mon, 15 Mar 2004, Arnaud Vandyck <> wrote:
> Stefan Bodewig <> writes:
>> Honestly, I'm not sure how big our gcj user base is and how many of
>> them use <compilerarg> to pass additional arguments, the answer
>> could very well be zero.
> This is not a problem. I'll try to implement it myself and if the
> patch is not good for you, maybe we'll apply it only in
> Debian.

zero was my answer to the size of the user base I was talking about,
not the chance of getting your patch into Ant 8-)

>> Is there a command line argument that you'd always use when
>> compiling to native code, like --main?  If this was the case, we
>> could silently omit -C if compiler args have been specified and one
>> of them started with --main=.
> --main and maybe '-o', I don't know, but I'll ask on gcj mailing
> list.

If you must use --main to compile native stuff and there is no way
that -C can be used together with --main, that would be a really good
indicator for Ant, wouldn't it?  The question only is whether the
assumption holds true.

The gcj list will undoubtly know.

>> The only other solution I'd see would be a compiler specific magic
>> property.  Something like build.compiler.gcj.native and we'd drop
>> -C if that property was set to true.
> No problem for me if everything is well documented ;-)

I'd say the solution is second best only.  Especially since you can't
reset a property once it is set.  This would mean that you can't have
a <javac> tasl that uses -C and one that doesn't in the same build

> Can you point me were I have to patch such a possibility

Look around the src/main/org/apache/tools/ant/taskdefs/compiler
directory.  Jikes has some jikes specific magic properties for

> or will you do that?

If I'd put it towards the end of my TODO list it would likely never
get implemented ;-)


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