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From Matt Benson <>
Subject Re: target if/unless property substitution
Date Tue, 13 Apr 2004 12:43:22 GMT

--- Stefan Bodewig <> wrote:
> On Fri, 9 Apr 2004, Matt Benson
> <> wrote:
> > So my question is whether--since this behavior is
> consistent with
> > that of virtually any other XML attribute in
> Ant--that was something
> > everyone took for granted, or is it a little-known
> triviality
> Well known to those of us who've been around long
> enough to remember
> the "should properties get expanded in the depends
> attribute?" - errm
> - discussions.
What was the approximate timeframe of these?  Can I
find them in (any) archives?  I started a thread on
the user list:
--regarding optional dependencies, depending on
targets from files <import>ed with
optional="true"--for which one solution could be
expanding properties in depends.  Maybe it could even
be time to revisit that decision in light of the
advent of <import>.  There could be other
> In general, it is probably little-known but IMHO not
> too useful
> either, or is it?

Possibly not too, but the more you know...
(I didn't finish that because now that I think about
it I don't know what exactly happens the more you


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