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From Diane Holt <>
Subject Re: Reusing the same instance of ant
Date Wed, 09 May 2001 17:57:41 GMT
Search on "antshell" in the ant-dev archives for a recent discussion about
doing this sort of thing.


--- Robert Leftwich <> wrote:
> It strikes me that it would be useful to be able to reuse the same
> instance 
> of Ant when in the continuous cycle of code/compile/test as there is an 
> overhead of starting up the jvm and parsing the build files that could
> be 
> avoided.
> What I am envisaging is at its simplest, a loop that runs Ant and then 
> instead of exiting it writes to System.out "Press R to re-run or Q to 
> quit". If R is pressed it re-runs Ant without reparsing the build files
> (or 
> whatever is necessary to get the best turn around time). Is this
> possible 
> already and I have missed it in the doco ? Has anyone else contemplated 
> this variation on the usage of Ant or am I barking up the wrong tree?
> Robert


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