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Subject DO NOT REPLY [Bug 22269] - files pattern in <import/>
Date Sat, 05 Nov 2005 23:02:02 GMT
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------- Additional Comments From mikecepek@yahoo.com  2005-11-06 00:02 -------
Since the <subant> task has similar functionality, perhaps that existing
implementation would make enhancing <import> like this easier?

I also mention <subant> because some folks finding this bug/rfe might find that
it can do what they want (without this feature).

In my case, the target overriding special features of <import> are expecially
important to my efforts.  Stephan Bodewig's excellent OTN article on Ant 1.6...

http://www.oracle.com/technology/pub/articles/bodewig_ant1.6.html

...illustrates one approach to using <import>, <subant> and <macrodef> for
"auto-discovery of build files".  But near the end he states that adding
"ordering [of] the builds according to their interdependencies" requires a
custom Ant task like <buildlist>.

I've had good success with a slightly different approach, which first imports
all the (package-level) build files in a project.  Hierarchical target
invocations can then be more naturally specified in the depends="..." attributes
of targets.  For example:

    <target name="compile" depends="strutil.compile,util.compile">

In this case, I need to use something like this:

    <import>
        <fileset dir="." includes="*/build.xml"/>
    </import>

Currently I have to list each build file with a separate <import> task, which is
tedious and brittle.

I believe this feature would give Ant a powerful and natural way to represent
build dependencies throughout a tree of build files.

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