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From Conor MacNeill <>
Subject Re: conditional copy
Date Thu, 22 Aug 2002 15:04:59 GMT
Matt Benson wrote:
> Even though "It makes build files clearer, easier to
> understand, and remove the need for having so many
> (private) targets with dependencies between them as a
> direct consequence of the current only built-in scheme
> to do conditional execution.", do these benefits not
> amount to a convenience?  Like electric lights... I
> could wait until morning and go outside to be able to
> see things, or I could turn on the light if only it is
> provided to me.  The light is much more convenient,
> but other ways exist to see things!  Similarly, <if>
> does not provide anything from a functional
> perspective that cannot be accomplished some other way
> in Ant (I don't think).

You could probably argue that Ant itself is just a convenience :-)


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