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From Steve Loughran <>
Subject Re: AW: Property name policy (was Re: cvs commit: ant/docs/manual/Cor eTypes selectors.html)
Date Fri, 14 Jan 2005 11:20:12 GMT wrote:
>>>>I have declared a policy on what we will name new properties. Is
>>>>this a good formal policy to have?
>>>>If new properties get added (it happens), expect them to appear
>>>>under the "ant." and "" prefixes, unless the
>>>>developers have a very good reason to use another
>>>>prefix. Accordingly, please avoid using properties that begin
>>>>with these prefixes, to reduce the risk that future Ant releases
>>>>break your build file.
> another +1. we can modify <property>to give a warning when these names are
> used.

except of course they could be deliberate attempts to set things.

>>>maybe we should reserve the "build." prefix as well -
>>>build.sysclasspath and CVS HEAD's build.clonevm.
> I wouldnt do that - I cant count the numbers of buildfiles where I have seen
> build.dir and build.classes ...
> Jan

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