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From "Bill Winspur" <>
Subject <classpath >as a source for <copy> ?
Date Mon, 04 Feb 2002 15:15:49 GMT
I would like to specify a comma-separated list of filepaths in a property,
to parmeterize a copy command, so that it copies the files to a specified
directory. There does not seem to be a way to do this in the copy command
or in the fileset command, However, several tasks, e.g. javac and javadoc, 
are able to refer to a comma separated list of files, using the classpath 
inner element.

Since I dont usually need to copy more than 5 files, my current workaround
is to have five file-specifying properties, and five corresponding copy
tasks for them them to parameterize. It works, but its verbose and fragile. 
I started with three properties, but that broke when I needed five, and
it will probably overflow again.
It would be convenient if 
a) the copy task accepted a classpath inner element
   for specifying a list of files to be copied, or 
b) the fileset command had a files="" attribute that accepted a comma-separated 
   list of paths, or
c) The copy command had a files="" attribute.

1. Have I missed something, i.e. is it already possible to gather files from 
   all over, using a single copy command ? 

2. What is the process for getting changes into the standard version of ant, 
   assuming I write the code ?

Thanks for your attention,

Bill W.

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