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From Dominique Devienne <>
Subject RE: <style> and entities
Date Fri, 17 May 2002 23:56:51 GMT
Indeed Erik... Sigh --DD 

-----Original Message-----
From: Erik Hatcher [] 
Sent: Friday, May 17, 2002 6:42 PM
To: Ant Users List
Subject: Re: <style> and entities

Have you tried this with Ant 1.5Beta1?

I know you're stuck using Ant 1.4.1, but it would be most helpful to at
least know if the bug has already been fixed or not.  Also, since you're a
super-savvy Ant power-user, why not have a look at the CVS diffs from 1.4.1
to now just to see if you spot a bug fix related?  :))

While I want to be as helpful as possible supporting Ant, I'm one of the
guys that will say "upgrade" before reporting problems simply because its
easiest to support the latest codebase!

This e-mail wasn't very helpful, was it?!   Sorry 'bout that.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Dominique Devienne" <>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, May 17, 2002 7:34 PM
Subject: <style> and entities

> Hi,
> Just started using <style> in ANT 1.4.1, and right away I've hit a snag:
> My build.xml is not at the root of my project, but in a build/ directory
> (and has the basedir=".." attribute). It includes an XML fragment as an
> entity using a relative path ./fragment.xml. I have a build.bat at the
> project root that calls ant -buildfile build/build.xml. Everything works
> fine with ANT.
> Now I added a build.xsl stylesheet transformation next to my build.xml,
> want to generate build.html using the 'style' target shown below.
> Unfortunately, this target fails with:
> C:\acme\build\build.xml:1329: javax.xml.transform.TransformerException:
> Exception: .\fragment.xml (The system cannot find the file specified)
> To make the <style> work, I had to create a style.xml in the build
> so that build.xml, fragment.xml, style.xml, and build.xsl are all in the
> same directory, and call from it inside the build directory. If I can this
> little style.xml (using ANT) from the project root, it fails again.
> So it seems that entities are resolved based on the directory the ant
> command is run from, rather than the directory of either the file
> transformed (as ANT's XML parser does) or the stylesheet.
> What can I do? -DD
> C:\acme\build.bat
> C:\acme\build\build.xml
> C:\acme\build\build.xsl
> C:\acme\build\style.xml
> <?xml version="1.0"?>
> <!DOCTYPE project [
>   <!ENTITY sysproperties SYSTEM "file:./fragment.xml">
> ]>
> <project name="acme" default="style" basedir="..">
>   <target name="style">
>     <style in="${basedir}/build/build.xml"
>            out="${basedir}/build/build.html"
>            style="${basedir}/build/build.xsl" />
>   </target>
>   ...
> </project>


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