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From "Beton, Richard" <>
Subject How to strip 'assert' statements
Date Tue, 26 Nov 2002 11:31:23 GMT
Hi all,

I have been seeking a way to remove assert statements from source code 
(... a copy of the source code, of course ...) so that I can compile 
JVM1.1 compatible class files. The JDK1.4 compiler will only generate 
JVM1.1 class files from source code without assert statements, alas. So 
I've been thinking about how this might be done using Ant.

Is there a way to do this already, or do I need to write a task (a 
MatchingTask) that operates like 'copy', albeit with the additional 
function of stripping asserts?

A related but different activity that I'm interested in is to remove 
Log4J debugging from my code using some Ant task. [There is some debate 
about leaving the Log4J in place, vs removing it. Without entering that 
debate, suffice it to say there may be some (rare) instances where it 
helps to remove the Log4J code.] Is there a known way to do this, or is 
this something else I might need to develop?


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