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From Peter Donald <>
Subject Re: Generating build files with XSLT
Date Tue, 10 Jul 2001 16:02:29 GMT
On Tue, 10 Jul 2001 19:20, Frank Carver wrote:
> There has been some discussion here about generating build files with XSLT,
> so I tried it yesterday. I came up against a problem which seems to be the
> result of an ANT design decision and I wonder if anyone has worked round
> it.
> My need is to maintain a central, large, "template" build file with various
> subsitutions in it, and generate a specific build file for each new project
> or to update the build file of all the existing projects when the template
> changes.  This seemed an ideal use for XSLT - I could specify the project
> as a simple XML defintion, and the XSLT style process would merge the
> template and any extension specified in the project file.
> Unfortunately, Ant uses ${name} to refer to properties, and {name} is
> reserved XSLT syntax.  When I ran my XSLT process the resulting build file
> was full of just "$", which made no sense to Ant.
> Any suggestions?

Use ${{name}} instead. 



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