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From "Ashwin S." <Ashw...@infics.com>
Subject Ant introspection and property resolution
Date Tue, 01 Jun 2004 05:38:53 GMT
Is there a way of actually introspecting a build file via ant. The introspection should help
expose details such as
a) all targets in an build file
b) dependency trees for targets

and many other such details that might be useful to seasoned ant-users.

I am envisaging its use as follows:

a)

cmdline> ant -showtargets [build.xml]

Result:

Found targets: 
	abc
	xyz


b) 

cmdline> ant -dependencies [build.xml]

	target [abc]
		- init
		- check-ab
	target [xyz]
		- init
		- abc


Also, is there a property resolver which allows an ant-user to know what the real values of
all properties used by any target(s) would be at runtime?

If these features don't exist, what do the folks here think of it? Anyone interested in working
on creating them??



Thanks & Regards,
Ash


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