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From "Fabio Gavilondo" <fabio.gavilo...@gmail.com>
Subject How to contribute an optional Ant task (ccfindmerge)?
Date Fri, 18 May 2007 11:20:34 GMT
Hello Ant contributers,

The ClearCase optional tasks (
http://ant.apache.org/manual/OptionalTasks/clearcase.html) don't offer
support for merge operations.

I have written a 'CCFindmerge' task that inherits from
org.apache.tools.ant.taskdefs.optional.clearcase.ClearCase, pretty much in
the same vain as the other cc tasks.

Performing a 'findmerge' from your Ant build file is quite useful in
situations where a view/branch needs to be up-to-date with another
view/branch (e.g. the mainline) before the build can proceed. If a merge is
necessary, this command will fail the build (i.e. throw a BuildException).

I thought that maybe other Ant/ClearCase users out there could use this task
too, so I would like to contribute CCFindmerge to the Apache Ant codebase.
However, I am not quite sure about how to go about it (sorry, it's my first
time here).

I have read the instructions at http://www.apache.org/dev/contributors.html,
but they're quite generic.

I have also checked out the code base from
http://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/ant/core/trunk.

So what would be the next step?

* mail the code somewhere for approval?
* check in the new task into svn?
* create a patch via svn diff and send it in? where? to this mailing list?

Any help/pointers appreciated.

Fabio

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