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From "Li, Jerry" <>
Subject RE: Including a common build file with common targets.
Date Mon, 15 Oct 2001 16:13:51 GMT
I have put all my common targets into build_cfg.xml, and call it in my local
build.xml as the following:

<project default="compile" basedir=".">

<!-- =================================================================== -->

<!-- Initialization target -->

<!-- =================================================================== -->

<target name="init">


<property environment="ENV"/>

<property name="ANTCONF_DIR" value="${ENV.WORK_DIR}/src"/>

<property name="SRC" value="${user.dir}"/>


<!-- =================================================================== -->

<!-- Compiles the source directory -->

<!-- =================================================================== -->

<target name="compile" depends="init">

<ant antfile="${ANTCONF_DIR}/build_cfg.xml" target="compile"/>




Please note that I am using the ENV to specify where my build_cfg.xml.


-----Original Message-----
From: Albertus Vermeulen []
Sent: Monday, October 15, 2001 8:58 AM
To: ''
Subject: Including a common build file with common targets.


I'm new to Ant and would like to move our current Makefiles to Ant. I have a
requirement to be able to include common properties and targets from a
shared file.

In the archives&faq I have seen recommendations to use a command of the
following syntax: 

<!DOCTYPE project [<!ENTITY common SYSTEM " file:./common.xml
<file:./common.xml> ">]> 

Unfortunately for me I don't have a fixed location for the common.xml file.
I need to use an environment variable to specify the location (i.e.
something like: file:$ <file:$> {SOME_DIR}/common.xml )and therefor the
above doesn't work for me.

Using <property environment="ENV"/> I can access environment properties from
a shared location but unfortunately not the common targets I need. 

<property file="${ENV.DEVELOP_HOME}/tools/make/.antproperties"/> 

Does anyone have some ideas? I saw someone mention the Jakarta-Taglibs
project, but I could not see where any files made reference to the
common.xml file ?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. 


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