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From "Antoine Levy-Lambert" <>
Subject Re: Basedir not working
Date Tue, 07 Jan 2003 08:57:59 GMT
I have tried to reproduce your problem and I did not encounter it.
I have done that with a build done with recent CVS sources.

You might want to do ant -debug or ant -verbose to see more of what your
build files are doing.
Also display the basedir property with
to see if it is setup OK in your subprojects.

project :
<project name="myproj" default="default">
    <target name="default">
    <ant dir="subtmp" antfile="subbuild.xml">
subproject :
<project name="subtmp" default="subdef">
   <target name="subdef">
       <style style="OrgChart.xsl" basedir="." destdir="."


This works for me.
If I put my main project under /tmp and the subproject in /tmp/subtmp, the
<echo> task says :
/tmp/subtmp which is what one wants, and the style task finds the files
OrgChart.xsl and OrgChart.xml located
under /tmp/subtmp

----- Original Message -----
From: "Jerome Paul" <>
To: "'Ant Users List'" <>
Sent: Tuesday, January 07, 2003 2:42 AM
Subject: Basedir not working

> Hi,
>   I'm using xml files that make use of includes and I want to use the
> task to convert these xml documents to html.  In order for the entities to
> be found by ant I have to use absolute pathnames or really cumbersome
> relative paths.
>   My latest attempt is to have a build file for each root xml document in
> the same folder (along with the xml files to be included).  I then call
> these build files as sub projects of my main build file and specify the
> folder that contains the build file and the xml documents as the base
> directory.  The files don't get found when I run the build files as sub
> projects but these same build files when run from the command prompt do
> work...
>  I've tried using xml catalogs to resolve the entities by specifing the
> absolute path and no fatal errors occur when I did this but the entities
> werenot included in translated document.  (xml catalogs arn't what I want
> use anyway).  I've also tried specifying the basedir attribute of the
> task and this doesn't work either.
> I've attached an example of code I'm using
>     <target name="HTML" depends="init">
>         <echo message="Converting xml documents into html"/>
>         <ant
>             antfile="htmlbuild.xml"
>             dir="${xml-files}documents"/>
>         <ant
>             antfile="htmlBuild.xml"
>             dir="${xml-files}project/requirements"/>
>     </target>
> Does anyone know how to force ant to use look in the same directory as the
> xml document of entities without having to specify absolute paths or paths
> relative to the main build file?
> Cheers
> Jerome Paul
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