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From "Martin Jericho" <>
Subject "if" task
Date Tue, 30 Apr 2002 23:29:05 GMT
I have a very pragmatic solution to this problem.  Include a reference to
the contrib stuff in both the resources and FAQ sections of the ANT
documentation.  Someone has already mentioned that it is in the FAQ of the
website, but I didn't check that because I had already checked the FAQ that
came with the download.  If it is put in a prominent place where newbies can
easily find it, it will no doubt save them a lot of time, and would have
saved me a lot of time.

Now I have a question for you Steve:
You said you don't have much need for conditionality apart from <fail>.
This is exactly what I want to use it for, but there is no conditionality
built into fail either.  So how do you do it?

> From: Steve Loughran <>
> Subject: "if" task
> Date: Tue, 30 Apr 2002 11:20:37 -0700
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> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Gordon Tyler" <>
> To: "Ant Users List" <>
> Sent: Tuesday, April 30, 2002 10:01 AM
> Subject: Re: "if" task
> > I'll add another annoying me too message to this thread.
> >
> > We have a fairly complex Ant build script (just under 1000 lines, not
> > counting external properties files and a separate 300 line bootstrap
> nightly
> > build.xml) and it would be so much better with foreach and if tasks.
> I'm -0 on if/then; ok with try/catch
> Maybe as a former prolog programmer it makes more sense to me, but I dont
> have too many needs for conditionality apart from <fail>, even doing
> deployment stuff. What we have right now is a reasonable conceptual model,
> and too much <if><then>, <for>, gets in the way of doing the stuff
in a
> significantly better way.
> >
> > Yes, we could use the contrib tasks but there is some internal
> to
> > using non-core tasks and I don't have much say in what goes into our CVS
> > controlled version of Ant. So having them in the core set of tasks would
> be
> > preferable.
> I am afraid you need to deal with your internal resistance...and you dont
> need to put the tasks into ant_home\lib, just use a classpath on <taskdef>
> and load them from a jar local to your project.

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