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From Dominique Devienne <>
Subject RE: Newbie question about exec/chown
Date Mon, 22 Apr 2002 22:03:36 GMT
Command line expansion is performed by the shell, not the unix command
themselves. So execute sh or bash or csh or whatever other shell, adding
chown in front of your arg line.

Or use <apply> with a <fileset>. --DD

-----Original Message-----
From: David Adams [] 
Sent: Monday, April 22, 2002 5:01 PM
Subject: Newbie question about exec/chown

I am trying to write an exec task in UNIX to chown a directory and files (as
well as the subdirectories). The task command I am using is:

      <exec dir="${dir}" executable="chown" os="SunOS">
           <arg line="-R user:web ${dir}/*"/>

This returns:
     [exec] chown: /data/netscape/docs/target/*: No such file or directory
     [exec] Result: 1

This seems to come out well when I <echo> the entire task command.

Any thoughts? 
David Adams
Ignite Sports (

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