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Subject DO NOT REPLY [Bug 45284] New: allow for regular expressions in FileSet include and exclude
Date Wed, 25 Jun 2008 23:13:43 GMT

           Summary: allow for regular expressions in FileSet include and
           Product: Ant
           Version: 1.7.0
          Platform: PC
        OS/Version: Windows XP
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: Core tasks

In fileset includes and excludes, it would be helpful to be able to use regular
expressions, not just wild cards.
My immediate problem is that we have previous directories which are dates, eg
/20080624/, containing archived files, which I want to exclude from my fileset.

Also, in current directories, we have obsolete files which include the date in
the name. eg., a common pattern for this is : abc.jarOLD20080624
I can't excluded files using *old* because "old" is part of legitimate names.

I ended up renaming the folders consisting of a date by adding "BAK" to the
end; I was already excluding this pattern ("**/*bak/"

But I don't have control over what other people name files and folders, so I
have to spend time checking that I'm not copying and jarring stuff I don't want
that's been added since the last time, w/o excluding stuff I do want.

Being able to test for a filename using a regular expression (eg., containing 8
consecutive numerals) would be very useful.

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