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From "Erik Hatcher" <>
Subject Re: [POLL] property immutability hacks
Date Fri, 30 Nov 2001 10:50:08 GMT
If ant-dev gave users everything they requested then they might as well be
using Perl to write build "scripts" rather than build "files" as the
preferred Ant terminology is.  :)

Ant users are very fortunate to have a crew of committers that put their
foot down and prevent many "seemingly" useful features from making it into
Ant's core - and Ant is sufficiently extensible such that folks that wish to
break the rules can do so at their own risk.

One of the primary keys to Ant's power is in property immutability such that
properties can be "overridden" (actually, by this I mean defined first) in a
controlled and predictable manner by the command-line switch -D or by very
organized ordering of <property> statements.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Jeff Turner" <>
To: "Ant Users List" <>
Sent: Thursday, November 29, 2001 6:41 PM
Subject: Re: [POLL] property immutability hacks

> On Thu, Nov 29, 2001 at 09:47:24AM -0500, Erik Hatcher wrote:
> > Quick question: Are  you relying on <available>'s back door to changing
> > property values?
> There's a backdoor? Cool!! How do I use it?
> ;)
> But seriously, I've never seen a project with greater disparity between
> what users want (perl), and what the developers want (prolog).
> --Jeff
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