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From "Richard Wilkinson" <>
Subject Circular build problem.
Date Mon, 08 Oct 2001 08:29:15 GMT
I'm having trouble with a circle dependency in a package.

Package A
Package B
    L-------Package C

Package A contains base classes for both package B and C.
Package B contains class B.
Package C contains class C.

Class B aggregates class C, but class C has a back pointer to class A.

An extract of the build.xml is as follows.

      <target name="B" depends="A, C">
                        <javac srcdir="${sp.packages}/A"
                <classpath refid="buildpath"/>

      <target name="C" depends="A">
                        <javac srcdir="${sp.packages}/A/C"
                <classpath refid="buildpath"/>

Package B depends on C so Ant builds C, but C cannot because B hasn't built.
The only solution I can think of is to merge C into B, but this muddies the
water as to what the new package does. Package B and C perform distinctly
different functions, but are tightly coupled. Anyone have any suggestions?



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