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From "Sibon Barman" <>
Subject RE: dependency checking
Date Fri, 05 Jan 2001 15:04:38 GMT
So what happens in the following scenario:
If depends on and is not in the src directory and
b.class not in the CLASSPATH wouldn't Ant provide an error message?

If so, is it the java compiler providing this error message or ant?

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-----Original Message-----
From: Stefan Bodewig []
Sent: Friday, January 05, 2001 3:01 AM
Subject: Re: dependency checking

Sibon Barman <> wrote:

> It seems to me that Ant is excellent in dependency checking
> --- does it do anything special to achieve this dependency checking

Funny, isn't it? Ant doesn't do any dependency checking at all (unless
you are talking about the undocumented and optional <depend> task in

All Ant does is to recompile every .java file that is newer than the
corresponding .class file (or where no .class file exists).


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