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Subject DO NOT REPLY [Bug 44444] New: - When invoking <java> task under ant, system props do not seem to be inherited as the docs imply they should be. CLB_POST
Date Mon, 18 Feb 2008 00:33:07 GMT
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http://issues.apache.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=44444

           Summary: When invoking <java> task under ant, system props do not
                    seem to be inherited as the docs imply they should be.
                    CLB_POST
           Product: Ant
           Version: 1.7.0RC1
          Platform: Other
        OS/Version: Linux
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: Core tasks
        AssignedTo: notifications@ant.apache.org
        ReportedBy: upstreamnet@yahoo.com


Hi, I am pretty sure this is a bug, but maybe someone can point out something i
overlooked.  many thanks, in advance,  for your help...

I have a very simple java file 'PropTest.java' that prints out the
value of the system property 'prop'.  When i run the test from the
command line (using java command and -Dprop=somevalue), I see that the
value that I set for 'prop' is indeed dumped out.

But when I set up a simple ant build.xml file to invoke the program
via the <java> task it appears that the value of the system property
that i set on the command line is not propagated... It seems that it
is somehow swallowed and lost by ant.

Below you will find examples of the runs of the program via ant
and via the 'java' command.

Below the run output you will find the source code for these very simple test cases.


RUN OUTPUT
-----------

------------------------->>>> java -Dprop=blah  PropTest      #  INPUT,
corresponding output follows on next line
property: blah


------------------------->>>>>   ant -Dprop=blah  run         #  INPUT,
corresponding output follows on next line
Searching for build.xml ...
Buildfile:
/home/cbedford/.hudson/jobs/cbedford.KMIGRATE.javaOnly.cbedford-linux.mygazoo.com.12753/workspace/kernel/platform/functionaltest/src/java/build.xml

run:
     [echo]  dumping out value of property in ant, right before invoking java
task: blah
     [java] property: null

BUILD SUCCESSFUL

------------------------->>>> ant -version                      #  INPUT,
corresponding output follows on next line
Apache Ant version 1.7.0 compiled on December 13 2006




SOURCE CODE
-----------

public class PropTest {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        String propValue = System.getProperty("prop");
        System.out.println("property: " + propValue );
    }
}


build.xml
---------
<project name="demo" default="run" basedir="." >
  <path id="classpath.runjava">
            <path location="${basedir}"/>
  </path>

    <target name="run"  >
      <echo level="info" message=" dumping out value of property in ant, right
before invoking java task: ${prop}"/>
  <!--    tried fork="false".. had no effect...
      <java classname="PropTest" fork="false">
   -->
  <!--    tried it without clonevm, had no effect...
      <java classname="PropTest" fork="false">
   -->
  <!--    tried it with clonevm=true, no fork specified...  had no effect.
      <java classname="PropTest" fork="false">
   -->

      <java classname="PropTest" clonevm="true" fork="true">
          <classpath refid="classpath.runjava"/>
      </java>
    </target>
</project>


Relevant Documentation:

  http://ant.apache.org/manual/CoreTasks/java.html

  Particularly relevant on this page is the text which reads:

      clonevm   If set to true true, then all system properties and the
bootclasspath of the forked Java Virtual Machine will be the
      same as those of the Java VM running Ant. Default is "false" (ignored if
fork is disabled). since Ant 1.7

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