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From "Steve Loughran" <>
Subject Re: Linking multiple build machines
Date Fri, 19 Apr 2002 21:48:28 GMT

----- Original Message -----
From: "Ed Mack" <>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, April 19, 2002 2:19 PM
Subject: Linking multiple build machines

> Hi all,
> Our builds are taking longer and longer, which has prompted me to look
> into dividing unrelated build tasks onto separate machines.  I have
> played with this a little, and have some of it working.
> The primary build machine uses the FTP task to transfer the metadata
> for the current build (e.g. build number, changelist# to sync, Ant
> commands to invoke).  I then use the Telnet task to kick off the
> build script on the remote machine, which includes touching a file, as
> a signal that its part has completed.
> Where I am stuck is how to get the primary build machine to check (wait,
> and check again) for this semaphore file, if it finishes its own tasks,
> first.
> This is my first attempt at a cooperative implementation like this, so
> I am totally open to suggestions.

try and have a go with Rant from sourceforge; lets you call an ant build on
one machine from another; uses a servlet running Apache Soap to provide the
appropriate endpoint

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