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From "Andrew van Renen" <>
Subject case inconsistencies on Windows file names
Date Fri, 30 Aug 2002 11:06:23 GMT

I ran into an inconsistency with the way case in file names is handled.  I 
had a file with an uppercase suffix (foo.XML), but in my build file I 
refered to it as foo.xml.

I used zip to back it up, and then delete to remove it.  The zip task could 
not find it, but the delete/available tasks did (not an ideal combination, 
as you can imagine).

What is the rule for case handling in Ant on Windows, and which of the 2 
tasks is in error?

(The code looked like:
    <available property="to.exists" file="${to}" type="file"/>
    <antcall target="backup_file"/>
    <delete file="${to}" quiet="true"/>
    <target name="backup_file" if="to.exists">
        <dirname property="to.path" file="${to}"/>
        <basename property="to.filename" file="${to}"/>
        <zip destfile="${backup_zip}" update="true" whenempty="create">
            <fileset dir="${to.path}" includes="${to.filename}"/>


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