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From Ken Gentle <>
Subject Re: Ant Featured in Out-of-the-Box
Date Thu, 21 Nov 2002 01:41:57 GMT
I think Steve's suggestion of creating registry scripts from ant and 
exec'ing them is a great approach.  Keeps everything "ant-like" even if it 
is platform specific.

If you require deeper access into the registry, and can tolerate putting a 
DLL where JNI can find it, you might look at

I made use of this code for a now-defunct application (and company!), but 
it was relatively easy to grok and use for read-access to the windows 
registry.  I know it worked on '95, '98, NT4.0 and W2K - I have no idea 
about the later Windows releases.

I don't think putting an Ant task around this would be too difficult, but, 
unfortunately, I don't have the time right now to do so.

If this is of any interest, you can reply to me directly if I can help.


At 07:40 PM 11/20/2002, you wrote:
>Let's try replying again, this time with meaningful text.
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Chappell, Simon P" <>
>To: "Ant Users List" <>
>Sent: Wednesday, November 20, 2002 14:48
>Subject: RE: Ant Featured in Out-of-the-Box
> >Setting persistent environment variables on windows boxen would be very
>useful for me.
>Win2K and up, env vars are stored in the registry at a place you can
>discover using regedit. So if you exec regedit against a file containing
>registry keys to load (save an example, edit it by hand or with filters),
>you could do this. I think on NT the file is unicode, which makes life
>slightly more complex, perhaps, depending on what ant does with filtering on
>unicode files.
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