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From Les Hughes <>
Subject RE: file properites in copy task
Date Tue, 26 Feb 2002 09:47:25 GMT
What about an Ant equiv of a tar pipe as in tar cf - . |( cd /foo; tar xf -
)? In Ant you'd have to <tar> up the source directories then copy over the
tarfile and untar.

Mind you, not sure if the tar task in Ant preserves file perms either but
you could always <exec> gnu tar perhaps?



-----Original Message-----
From: Stefan Bodewig
Sent: 25/02/02 11:37
Subject: Re: file properites in copy task

On Mon, 25 Feb 2002, Tom Lister <> wrote:

> I notice that files are losing the 'read-only' property in the
> process Is there a way to copy and preserve the file properties


Java provides no API to query the permissions of a file (except for
File.canRead and File.canWrite which may return false for several
reasons) - therefore Ant doesn't know them and couldn't restore them,
even if Java provided an API to set the permissions.

> I want to avoid using chmod as the target directories will contain a
> mix of libary source and work in progress

Bad luck - better put together some smart patterns then.


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