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From Diane Holt <>
Subject Re: Getting a relative time from within Ant
Date Wed, 07 Mar 2001 17:52:12 GMT
When the <tstamp> task was modified to take format specifications, Conor
also proposed allowing for an offset/unit functionality that would allow
you to specify something like:
I was definitely in favor of it, but I don't know if he ever actually
coded that up and committed it. You can see his mail about it at:


--- Chris Greenlee <> wrote:
> Hi all,
> As part of our automated build process, we're checking out our project
> source into a clean directory on our build machine.  We're using CVS to
> do this (and the cvs task), and it's working great.  But after reading
> Martin Fowler's article on using ant and JUnit for doing continuous
> integration testing
> (, we've
> decided we ought to be building testing the code that was checked in a
> little while prior to the start time of the automated build.  That way
> no one is in the process of checking in files and screwing up
> dependencies when we grab a version to build and test.
> What I haven't been able to figure out is how we can get, from within
> ant, the time ten minutes ago.  Using <tstamp/> we can get the current
> date and time, but that's not what we need -- we're looking for that
> time minus ten minutes.  Is there a way to do this?
> (For now we're using ${DSTAMP} along with a time passed in on the
> command line, but that's not really an elegant solution.)
> Thanks in advance,
> Chris Greenlee


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