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Subject DO NOT REPLY [Bug 45262] New: Request viewpathing support for Ant
Date Mon, 23 Jun 2008 23:57:29 GMT

           Summary: Request viewpathing support for Ant
           Product: Ant
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: All
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: enhancement
          Priority: P3
         Component: Core

Could Ant be enhanced to support a viewpath? 

For example if VPATH=/NodeA:/NodeB:/NodeC and a developer's current working
directory is under /NodeA, viewpathing would mean all files required by the
build.xml would not have to exist under /NodeA. Such files could be in /NodeB
or /NodeC as well. Each node of the viewpath would be checked from left to
right for each required file, and the first found instance of the file would be

The advantage of viewpathing is that the developer doesn't have to maintain a
full set of the project source in their node, rather only those source files
that changed. All other source could be in a shared area or an "official" build
environment. This can facilitate collaboration among multiple developers on
large applications.

The viewpathing feature described above exists in Alcatel-Lucent (and AT&T)
nmake for various UNIX platforms and is quite useful. It would be great to have
it in Ant as well.

Thank you.

Henning Vahlenkamp

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