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From Mike Charters <>
Subject RE: ant "run" target
Date Tue, 23 Jul 2002 15:53:50 GMT
thanks for the response,

what do you mean by "Ant blocks until your application terminates"?

when you do a distrib and run your program ... how do you run your
distribution version?  do you use something like:

java -jar somefile.jar

if you do that, how does it know which class to execute?

is this how most people execute their programs?  they just compile all
the classes, package them in a jar, then execute the jar?

is this pretty common for people to do?

i am just trying to familiarize myself with how people use tools like
ant ... and possibly other java utilities that people use ...

are there any web sites anyone can direct me to with good documentation
on different java utilities (including ant)?


On Tue, 2002-07-23 at 11:35, Dominique Devienne wrote:
> We use <java fork='yes'/> to run our program in the developer sandboxes
> (instead of doing a distrib and run it, which takes time to jar up things,
> and copy somewhere).
> You just need to be sure to fork it, and be aware that the output from
> native code might be blocked by Ant somehow if you don't run in -verbose
> mode, and also that Ant blocks until your application terminates.
> But otherwise, go for it ;-) --DD
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mike Charters [] 
> Sent: Tuesday, July 23, 2002 7:58 AM
> To:
> Subject: ant "run" target
> hi,
> i am new to ant and developing in java in general.
> i was curious if it is typical to have an ant "run" target, just for
> running your program?  or is there another way that you java guys do it?
> i noticed the book i have (ant: the definitive guide) did not say much
> about using the <java> command in the ant buildfiles much ... and i
> wondered if there is a reason (like maybe there is a different way to do
> it?)?
> thanks,
> -Mike
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