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From Marvin Greenberg <>
Subject uptodate and more general dependencies
Date Thu, 28 Dec 2000 00:29:00 GMT
Ant 1.3 provides for a mapper that allows the definition of mapping between
fileset and derived files for testing "uptodate", including a "merge"
that goes from a set of giles to a single file (such as a .jar or .zip).
Several kinds of build activities go from a single file to many files.  The
one I
am encountering all the time is code generation for CORBA, where a single
.idl file is converted into many .java files.  I'd probably handle this as
<uptodate property="idlgen.uptodate">
   <srcfiles dir="${idl.dir}" name="some.idl" />
   <targetfiles dir="${java.out.dir}/some" />
Then srcfiles AND targetfiles are FileSets and only if all targets are
more recent than all sources is the target up to date.  In some cases
it is common to idlgenerate a set of idl files into many java files in one
so often srcfiles will actually be in the form "*.idl" or some more general
This also suggests that mapping might be an element of a fileset, somehow.
<fileset id=obj.files>
   <mapping type="glob" from="*.c" to="*.o" />
   <fileset refid=c.files />
sorry for the long append...
Marvin Greenberg 
Eidea Labs, Inc 

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