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From "Hensley, Richard" <>
Subject RE: Ant design question(s) - #2
Date Mon, 18 Mar 2002 18:23:10 GMT
What about ant -projecthelp? 

This prints the main targets (those with descriptions) and subtargets. 

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From: Guthrie, John [ <>
Sent: Monday, March 18, 2002 10:11 AM 
To: Ant Users List (E-mail) 
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
in the build.xml. There are three ways I think I could implement it,
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.
for a big ugly target 
  B. put help info in a separate file and write a "cat" taskdef
find one in my ant distro, 1.4.1) that cat's it out. build.xml looks
  C. write a taskdef that gets an enumeration of all targets in a
(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
This one is obviously a bit more work. 


john guthrie 
american institutes for research 

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