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From "Joshua Kneubuhl" <>
Subject <replace> in .properties with Windows paths? (/ vs \\)
Date Tue, 30 Apr 2002 18:01:02 GMT

Hi everyone, 

I have some java code that references file paths from a .properties file.  I'm currently using
ant to do some token replacement based on absolute paths, and it is causing some troubles
when running from NT.  

For instance, I have a file:


and java code:
	String execPath = System.getProperties().getProperty("some.exec.path");
	System.out.println("I am about to Runtime.exec(" + execPath + ")");

and my ant script:

	<property name="my.bin.dir" value="${basedir}/deploy/bin"/>

	<replace file="">
		<replacefilter token="@SOME_TOKEN@" value="${my.bin.dir}/foo.exe"/>

When executed from a basedir of D:\foo\bar\frog (set by ant), my program outputs: 
"I am about to Runtime.exec(D:foobarfrog/deploy/bin/foo.exe)"  (broken)

If my has

"I am about to Runtime.exec(D:\foo\bar\frog\deploy\bin\foo.exe)" (success)

I saw the <pathconvert> task, but it was not clear to me that one could pathconvert
ant properties (even though a property specifies a path).

This brings up another point:  I would like to use ant to do "cross platform deployment" by
using an NT machine to do builds (and path configuration) for UNIX boxes.  If I were to do
an "% ant release -Dosname=AIX" on an NT machine, all the File instances created by ant should
come out as /

Is it possible to tell ant to "use UNIX paths" instead of the system default?

I am currently considering a custom ant task to munge all the Project properties-  if run
as a dependency of all other tasks, it could convert all the \ to / in the ant properties.
 Java File objects seem ok with / as a file separator even on Windows machines, so I think
this will be ok.


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