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From Peter Donald <>
Subject Re: Conditional chmod
Date Thu, 02 Nov 2000 11:17:41 GMT
At 01:05  2/11/00 -0800, you wrote:
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Peter Donald" <>
>> >Of course, calling the task 'chmod' in the first place does indicate a
>> >strong bias towards a certain OS on the part of the Ant developers, which
>> >seems more than a little inappropriate in a tool which purports to be OS
>> >independent...
>> Well considering it is only relevent on one particular OS don't you think
>> it would be a little stupid to invent a different name for what everyone
>> familiar with ?
>The point I am trying to make is that changing file permissions is *not*
>only relevant on one particular OS. Certainly, the way that the chmod
>command works, and the way its parameters are specified, is specific to Unix
>and its variants. Changing file permissions, however, is applicable to many
>OSs, Windows included.
>So why would Ant, an OS-independent build tool, ignore that fact, and
>implement it only for Unix and its variants, to the exclusion of other OSs?

Well because it is pure idocy to try and generalize things that are not
generalizable. It would be like trying to manage resource forks on unix or
win32 or perhaps manage ownership across multiple OSes. 

If you have system specific functionality you require ... then surprise
surprise you are going to need system specific commands.



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