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From "Otto Perdeck" <Otto.Perd...@kiq.com>
Subject Re: Ant design question(s) - #2
Date Wed, 20 Mar 2002 08:09:36 GMT
just use ant -projecthelp instead of ant help

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From: "Guthrie, John" <JGuthrie@air.org>
To: "Ant Users List (E-mail)" <ant-user@jakarta.apache.org>
Sent: Monday, March 18, 2002 7:11 PM
Subject: Ant design question(s) - #2


> I am converting some old makefile-based builds to ant and I have a couple
of
> design questions... here's the second
>
> I want to have a "help" target that will list out all the possible targets
> in the build.xml. There are three ways I think I could implement it, from
> easiest-and-ugliest getting more elegant (my opinion) but also requiring
> more work. Again, suggestions and opinions are welcome. Ideas are:
>   A. just put in a bunch of "echo" tasks stating what I want stated. Makes
> for a big ugly target
>   B. put help info in a separate file and write a "cat" taskdef (couldn't
> find one in my ant distro, 1.4.1) that cat's it out. build.xml looks much
> nicer
>   C. write a taskdef that gets an enumeration of all targets in a
build.xml
> (I figure that is accessible somewhere in ant), maybe matches up targets
> with a property file of explanations and generates a help statement from
> that (targets that are not in the prop file get listed with no
explanation).
> This one is obviously a bit more work.
>
> thnaks!
>
> -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-
> john guthrie
> american institutes for research
> jguthrie@air.org
> 202-298-2716
>
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